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Top 10 Elephant Facts for Kids (for a kids school project)

If you’re a parent of a young kid who has expressed an interest in elephants or for a school project, this article will come in handy.

We’ve put together a list of 10 interesting and fun elephant facts for kids, as well as sources of further information, more reading, and references!

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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.

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Abnormal behaviors in Elephants; Swaying is normally linked to distress

There are some Elephants behaviors that can be said to be natural or stereotypical, but then there are some that are considered to be abnormal. The swaying of an Elephant is something that is often linked to distress, so if you see an Elephant swaying then it’s likely that something is wrong. Other abnormal behaviors in Elephants include:

  • Playing with objects that aren’t toys
  • Obsessively chewing on things
  • Self-mutilation
  • Excessive shaking or twitching
  • Aggression towards people or other animals

However, it has also been noted that some captive elephants sway due to an instinctual need to keep balance. Swaying can also be a sign of physical discomfort, such as when an elephant is experiencing joint pain.

Trunk-in-air behaviour is another sign of distress in elephants. This is when an elephant lifts its trunk up in the air and waves it around, often while making a trumpeting sound. This behaviour is usually only seen when an elephant is severely distressed or agitated.

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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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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.