πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Taxonomy
  • Phylum

    Mammals

  • Class

    Mammals

  • Order

    Elephants

  • Family

    Elephants

  • Species

    Loxodonta Africana

πŸ“ Characteristics
  • Up to 10 feet

  • Up to 13,000 lbs.

  • Up to 24 feet

  • 25 Years

  • 1 at a time

  • leaves, plant shoots, grasses, fruits, and flowers

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πŸ”₯ Fun Facts
  • Elephants have a favorite tusk, find it by checking which one is worn down more

  • African Elephants can eat up to 300 pounds of food a day!

  • Elephants deliver 1 calf after a 22-month pregnancy!

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Hello Dumbo! Just kidding, Dumbos' not real. But African Elephants definitely are!

African Elephants are the largest land animals on earth and they have the brains and body to prove it.

One of the coolest things about elephants is their 5th leg, aka trunk. The trunk is more of like an arm than a leg though, an arm with 150,000 muscles. Yea looks like someones gonna need to hit a workout using compound exercises. Their giant ears help them cool off, you would think just flapping them around acts as a fan but that's not exactly how it works. In fact, their ears actually have a giant network of blood vessels that help regulate heat.

Unlike their Asian brothers, African elephants have 2 'fingers' at the end of their trunk that help them grab onto to things better. No, I'm not talking about their tusks! I'm talking about tiny little fingers on their trunk, check em out.

Speaking of tusks though, what is going on with those devilish things! Most elephants use tusks to strip the bark off trees and to dig up roots, but clearly, they got the whole stick em in the annoying one vibe going on so we can probably say that they are used in defense as well.

It's not just brawn though elephants are extremely intelligent animals. Capable of showing advanced problem-solving skills and displaying empathy, mourning, and even self-awareness. Meaning they're probably better at solving math problems than you are. Let just hope they figure out how to roll out of bed every morning.

TLDR

1.) Elephants have about 150,000 muscles in their trunk!

2.) They use their massive ears to cool themselves off. Their ears have a huge network of blood vessels that help to regulate heat.

3.) When the temperature gets too hot to handle, they will cool off by siphoning water into their trunks and spraying themselves off. They usually follow this with a nice dust bath to help keep from getting sunburned.

4.) African elephants have larger tusks than Asian elephants and two β€œfingers” at the end of their trunk to help them grasp items.

5.) Like us humans, elephants can have a favorite side. This even applies to tusks. You can spot which side is their favorite due to that tusk being more worn down than the other.

6.) Tusks are actually very large incisors that begin to show by the age of 2.

7.) The tusks can be used to strip the bark off trees and to dig up shrubs and roots. They are also used as a defense mechanism.

8.) Elephants eat grasses, roots, fruit, and even bark.

9.) African elephants can consume up to 300 lbs. of food a day!

10.) All elephants live in a matriarchal society. This means that the females rule the roost.

11.) Elephant herds can contain between 6 – 20 animals, led by a dominant female.

12.) The herd depends on the matriarch to remember the locations of food, water, safe hiding spots, and locations to get out of the heat.

13.) Matriarchs are also responsible for teaching the younger members how to socialize with the other elephants.

14.) Using a low pitched seismic rumble, elephants can communicate over long distances via sound waves. Other elephants can hear these sounds up to 2 miles away!

15.) Their skin is up to 1 inch thick and wrinkled to help conserve moisture and repel heat.

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