Elephant behaviors Questions & Answers (FAQs)

How Do Elephants Breathe?

When you think of elephants, the first thing that probably comes to mind is their gigantic size. They’re definitely big creatures. In fact, they’re the largest terrestrial mammal on Earth and they can be found in Africa (the African elephants) and in Asia (the Asian elephants). Read more about the difference between the elephant species.

An adult male elephant usually measures around 10 feet in height and can weigh up to 11 tons.

And while it’s obvious that these massive creatures have a large lung capacity and take frequent breaths of air, how do elephants breathe? An elephant’s lungs are unusually small for its body size compared to other animals its sizes like humans, hippopotamuses, or moose.