Questions & Answers (FAQs)

FAQ about Elephants

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

What is the average elephant lifespan?

In captivity, an elephant’s life expectancy can vary from 40 to 70 years. In the wild, they live until they are about 35 to 45 years old.

How much does an elephant weigh?

An adult male elephant weighs between 5,000 and 14,000lbs while the female weighs around 3,500 to 7,000lb.

What is the difference between a male and female elephant?

The male elephant is called a bull elephant and the female elephant is called a cow. A baby elephant is known as a calf.

How many babies does an elephant have?

An African Elephant has one baby at a time and will give birth every three to four years. An Asian elephant has one or two babies at a time.

How much does an elephant eat?

An elephant can eat between 90 and 150 kilograms of food every day, depending on how big it is. They mainly eat grass and fruit, but they also like to munch on branches.

Why do elephants have tusks?

Elephants have tusks because their top incisors are really long. In some elephant species, the males’ tusks curve outwards and upwards, but in others they stick straight up. Read our special FAQ about the elephant’s tusks.

What’s the tusk size of an elephant?

The average tusk size for a male elephant is around 20 inches, while the female’s tusks are shorter at around 16 inches.

By Olivia Garcia

Olivia Garcia is originally from Texas. She fell in love with Elephants during a trip to Africa in the early 2010s, where she got to see these beautiful creatures up close. She spent a total of 6 months at the Desert Elephants Volunteer Project in Namibia, living amongst elephants.

Today, she lives with her husband and two kids in Texas. Olivia dreams about one day taking her kids to Africa to show them where she fell in love with elephants!

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