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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 their size. However, elephants are excellent swimmers and capable of swimming underwater and even crossing rivers!

The largest 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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Why do Elephants have big ears? (hint: it goes beyond hearing)

For an elephant, their huge ears are crucial to their survival beyond only hearing.

The large size of the elephant ears allows them to regulate their body temperature, mainly to drop their body temperature during hot days. Blood vessels in the ear are close to the surface, so when they need to cool down, they flap their ears to create airflow and release heat.

Read on to find out more reasons why the Elephants have such big ears as well as differences in ear size between the different species of Elephants.

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Elephants Can’t Jump: Here are main the reasons why

Often in cartoons when we were kids, we saw elephants jumping when they were startled or scared. More than often, it also included mice or spiders scaring them (remember Badou from Babar?). Since it involved a mice, it’s quite hard to say that this happened in their natural habitat, a clue to the myth!

Sorry to break it to you – it’s a myth. Elephants can’t jump. And there really isn’t any difference between adult elephants or baby elephants. Neither can jump.

The reason why elephants can’t jump has a lot to do with their anatomy. For starters, elephants are really, really heavy. African elephants weigh in at around an average of 13,000 pounds (5,800 kilograms). That’s about the same as 10 mid-size cars. But it’s not just their weight that makes jumping difficult – it’s also their legs and their history.

Let us walk you through the key reasons why an elephant can’t jump.

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Elephant Poo: Why these facts will ding-dung your mind

Elephants produce up to 100 kg of dung each day. The average elephant will produce this by taking a poop 8-10 times per day. That’s a lot of poop, and it can tell us a lot about an elephant’s health and diet. Scientists even study elephant poo to learn about the animals’ behavior and social interactions.

Dung beetles also love elephant poo! These little critters can roll a piece of elephant dung up to 20 times their body weight. They use the dung as food and as a place to lay their eggs.

Elephants poo mainly consists of seeds, leaves, fruit, and grass. It also contains a lot of undigested food, which is why dung beetles and other smaller animals are so attracted to it.

Here are some more amazing facts about elephant poo that will ding-dung your mind.

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Facts about Baby Elephants: Why are we so fascinated with the calves of this giant?

It’s a question that has puzzled scientists, zookeepers and animal lovers alike: Why is it that humans are so fascinated by the calves of elephants?

The answer may lie in our own biology. Elephants are mammals like us. And we’re drawn to live things, especially animals with babies. It’s true for other species too; just think about how many people stop their cars on the roads when they see deer fawns cross the street or baby seals playing on a beach.

Baby elephants are playful and cute, and they make a lot of noise. They also tend to stay close to their mothers. One mind-blowing fact about baby elephants is that almost all of them are born at night, most likely because it’s harder for predators to find them.

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Elephant herd and social behavior

Both African elephants and their Asian dito, the Asian elephant are extremely bound by history and social norms of belonging to a herd. When a baby is born, it will after a few hours take its first steps in the elephant herd. In the herd, elephants are constantly aware of where each individual is at all times and they know which one has just had a baby and who is sick. The elephant herd can consist of up to 100 individuals with several females and youngs and only one older bull. The elephant herd can split into several smaller herds (or “elephant units”) if the group is too big.

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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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The three species of Elephant

Only two species of elephants have been recognized until quite recently: the African and Asian elephants. However, conclusions from several research studies revealed that there are actually three species of elephants roaming earth:

  1. African bush elephant (also known as the African savanna elephant)
  2. African forest elephant
  3. Asian elephant
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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!