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Can Elephants swim? They even swim underwater!

Elephants are known to be big and bulky animals. Many people think that they cannot move or swim very well because of just that, their size. However, elephants are excellent swimmers and capable of crossing rivers and even swimming underwater!

The largest ever recorded elephant swim was over 22 miles long and took place in India. The elephant trunk serves as a snorkel while they’re swimming, this helps them to breathe while they are underwater.

While most elephants live on land, there are some that live in swampy areas. These elephants have webbed feet that help them to swim through the water.

Elephants are amazing creatures and it is fascinating to learn about all of the things they can do! It is clear that they are not limited by their size, but rather, they are able to use their abilities to adapt to their environment and survive.

Read on for more amazing facts about why elephants can swim.

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How many Elephants are left in the world?

While some African elephant populations are growing primarily in southern Africa, other areas are seeing decreasing populations. A lot of work has been done trying to determine how many elephants are left in the world, but it’s incredibly difficult to get accurate numbers. Experts can only guess at the total number of African elephants remaining.

One commonly accepted estimate is that there are about 400 000 African Elephants remaining, and between 50 000 and 100 000 Asian elephants left living in the wild.

The African Elephant population has dropped by 62% in the last decade and is expected to drop another 30% by 2025 making them an endangered species. In fact, the elephant is labelled as “critically endangered” with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and other organisations trying various conservation efforts to help stop the killing of these threatened species.

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Why do Elephants have a small tail?

The elephant is the largest land mammal on the planet. Weighing in at two to six tons, they are taller than most other land mammals and can outrun most predators. So why do these magnificent creatures have such a small tail?

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Elephants proving they’re smart and we can’t ignore it

Elephants really are smarter than we believe. There have been multiple studies done over the years on elephants to measure their IQ and cognitive behaviours, all of which have come to the same conclusion – they’re much smarter than we believe.

The results of the studies show that elephants and thereby also wild elephants are capable of thinking, planning and remembering, all at a level not seen in almost any other species. They also display behaviours that indicate they’re self-aware – something only humans and our closest relatives (chimpanzees, dolphins and others) are known to do. Read on to find out more!

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Elephants have Tusks: Everything you need to know

An elephant’s tusks are one of its most distinctive features. But what is the purpose of elephant tusks? How long can they be? Do all elephants have them? What determines when an elephant will start growing their tusk(s)? Read on to find out!

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FAQ about Elephants

Here you’ll find some amazing answers to all your burning questions about this fantastic animal.

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Where is the best place to see elephants?

Where can I see elephants in the wild?

Elephants are best seen in the wild. The best places to see elephants in Africa include: Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Uganda. In Asia, Sri Lanka is a great place to see elephants as well as India and Thailand.