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16 Incredible Facts about Elephants

They’re some of the biggest, most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the planet, but just how much do you really know about Elephants? Put your trivia to the test by taking a look at these incredible facts no one else will have told you before.

  1. Elephants are so bright they can instantly recognise themselves in the mirror.
  2. They use their trunks to dig for salt in the ground.
  3. They can dig water holes far quicker than we can without any tools!
  4. And they can even create footpaths for their youngsters to follow.
  5. Elephants have been found exploring underground caves at the base of Mount Elgon in Kenya.
  6. A male adult will eat for up to 18 hours a day!
  7. They will eat 300 lb of food in a single sitting.
  8. That adds up to more than 50 tons a year.
  9. Their groups are largely matriarchal with the little ones staying close to their mums at all times.
  10. Males will typically leave when they reach maturity and start moving around in bachelor groups looking for mates.
  11. Their social intelligence is so high they’re regularly seen displaying empathy to one another.
  12. Their amazing memories are more than just myths — they can even pass on their knowledge from one generation to the next!
  13. They can remember fellow elephants for years at a time without seeing them in the flesh.
  14. Female African elephants have tusks, but their Asian counterparts do not.
  15. They use their tusks to tear down leaves and break branches.
  16. Elephants use their trunks to throw dirt over their backs so they don’t get sunburnt.

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