Elephant Facts That Are Astonishing

Elephant Facts

Elephants are some of the most popular animals in the world. We always need to visit the elephant section when we go to the zoo. And it would be so awesome to see an elephant in real life, such as on safari in Africa or at a sanctuary in Asia. Here is our list of 10 elephant facts that are actually super fascinating. Besides their height, weight, and hefty diet, there are other awesome facts about these gentle giants. For example, males go through a rough stage, and females hold more authority in most cases. Now let’s learn even more!

10 Senior Citizen Discount

The average elephant can live to be up to 70 years of age.

9 Rulers of the Land

The African Elephant is actually the world’s largest land mammal.

8 Slow and Steady

The average pace that an elephant walks is 4 miles per hour.

7 Go for a Dip

Elephants actually love to swim, and they are strong swimmers, too!

6 Munch to Your Heart’s Content

Elephants spend a lot of time eating each day – about 16 hours.

5 Yummy in Their Tummy

Elephants can eat anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds of food in a single day.

4 Social Systems

Elephants are social creatures, and live in groups that are led by a female.

3 An Adolescent Phase

Males get antsy and leave the group when they are between the ages of 12 and 15 years.

2 Don’t Call Them Horns!

An elephant’s tusks are actually really big teeth (incisors.)

1 I Can’t See You!

Elephants have a very bad sense of sight.

Sources:

  1. soselephants.org
  2. sciencekids.co.nz
  3. defenders.org
  4. animalfactguide.com

+ Bonus Knowledge Nuggets

Fascinatingly, elephants can’t sweat!

 

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