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