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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. Their an extremely loyal animal.

The elephant herd can consist of up to 100 individuals with several females and baby calves 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!

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What is the elephant trunk and what does it do for an elephant?

The elephant trunk is an extremely useful tool that elephants use for a variety of purposes. Elephants are one of the few animals in the world to have evolved specialized appendages, and their trunks are no exception. Trunks can be used as weapons, trumpets, snorkels, or scoops to pick up various things from the ground. The trunk has over 100,000 muscles in it!

What is the purpose of the elephant’s trunk?

The elephant’s trunk is part of the upper lip and nose of the elephant. The trunk functions as an arm, leg, nose, and mouth. With this appendage, elephants can move both food to their mouths while standing or sitting on the ground. The trunk also helps them remove dirt and mud from themselves by scooping it up in the end of it like a broom.

Where is the trump of the elephant?

The trunk of an elephant is the nose and upper lip. It has two nostrils that run through the whole trunk.

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What do elephants eat?

What and how much does an elephant eat?

Elephants eat a variety of different foods, depending on the region and season. In the dry seasons they will often resort to eating bark from trees, which is not as nutritious but can still provide some sustenance.

In wetter regions there are more options for food and elephants will consume an assortment of vegetables, roots and fruit. They also enjoy grasses in their diet when available.

Elephants require about 70 to 100 litres of water daily, but may consume up to 150 litres. A male elephant can drink up to 100 liters of water in a few minutes!

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FAQ about Elephants

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