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Interesting Facts about Elephants

Almost all of us know what an elephant is and it is without any doubt one of the most famous mammals on the face of earth. But there are some very interesting things about elephants that we do not know at all. So here are some really interesting facts about elephants. I am sure you will enjoy reading these. Tell us your vies about this article by commenting below.

Ears of an African elephant are at least three times the size of Asian elephant's ears.

African elephants have other good uses of their ears, than just listening. They use their ears as signaling devices and as protective devices to ward off threats. So they are not just ears, they are much more than that.

It poops around 80 pounds a day on the average.

They are known to take a great care over dead bones of their family members.

Ears are used to regulate body temperature in both African elephants as well as Asian elephants.

The elephants' surface area is small in comparison to their total mass, which makes it difficult to release excess body heat. Their large, veiny ears act like a radiator; when flapped, the blood flowing through them is cooled, helping to regulate the elephants' body temperature.

During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Their pulse rate is 27.

The only mammal that can't jump is an elephant.

It is also the national animal of Thailand.

In a day, an elephant can drink upto 80 gallons of water.

Did you know back in 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for a murder?

An elephant can smell water three miles away.

An African Elephant

An African Elephant

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Every elephant’s ear is unique and is often used for identification purposes (like our fingerprints).

The elastic, spongy cushions on the bottom of elephant feet act as shock absorbers and help elephants move silently.

They are able to swim for long distances.

They spend about 16 hours a day eating.

They drink by filling their trunks with water and then pouring the water into their mouths.

African elephants have two fingers on the tip of their trunks, Asians have only one finger and typically use their trunks only to scoop objects up with.

They can use their trunks for water storage, for sucking up mud and dust to cool off with, and for friendly wrestling matches.

Despite the size of ears the elephant’s hearing is poor.

A fully grown adult African elephant reaches the height of 10 - 13 feet and weigh 15,400 pounds.

A Fully grown adult Asian elephant reaches the height of 10 feet and weigh 11,000 pounds.

They can live upto 70 years.

Elephants normally walk about 4 mph.

Female elephants have a gestation period of 22 months. They give birth to a single infant referred to as a calf.

Elephants use their tusks to dig for water and roots as well as to protect from predators.

Elephants sleep mostly standing. They usually only sleep 4 to 5 hours per night.

An elephant's skin is extremely tough around most parts of its body and measures about 2.5 cm (1 in) thick.

Elephants have the largest brains in comparison to body weight than any other animal besides humans.

Elephants often take up to 18 quarts of water into their trunks at once.

The trunk has no bones. Nearly 150,000 muscles and nerves provide flexibility.


Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 18, 2013:

Watching elephants is a good pass time and enjoyable thing too. We Keralites have the luck to observe elephants in plenty as we have such a large number of elephants here. Thank you for sharing.

cheeze on October 12, 2012:

awesome page man now how do they mate

sack28 on February 16, 2012:

i like it it was useful to me but the "poop" part wasn't so interested :P

yazzie tisha on December 14, 2011:

hahahaha that is cool jk

Vipul jaiswal from INDIA on October 19, 2011:

This knowledge is very useful to us, but I want to know the total number of bones of elephant

Ultimate Hubber (author) on February 23, 2011:

That's great Ant! :D

akena on February 23, 2011:


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Ant from Africa from Tanzania on February 23, 2011:

He is! You've made his day! Thanks!

Ultimate Hubber (author) on February 23, 2011:

Hahaha! I am sure he'll be proud to hear about the hub.

Ant from Africa from Tanzania on February 22, 2011:

That seems to be quite accurate. Our colony owns an elephant. We bought it from Hyena. It's turned out to be quite a good purchase.

Thanks for the post! I'll be sure to tell Elephant about it. He loves the attention.

ngwe on January 17, 2011:

a very interesting piece of information about elephants.however is it true that an elephant menstruates just like humans

h ala kaliki on January 16, 2011:

If they eat for 16hrs and sleep for 4 what do they do with the other 4?

Andy on December 18, 2010:

It is a very interesting page. I learned a lot of vital facts about Elephants.

nate rainone on December 13, 2010:

yo this really help me i have bean looken up reacher on elephants for 2 years and not hear half of the stuff on here

Larry on October 28, 2010:

Only mammal with it's testicles on the inside of it's body

Ultimate Hubber (author) on October 29, 2009:

Lgali, thank you for this wonderful comment.

Ethel, they no doubt are amazing lovely creatures.

Prestio, must have been a great experience seeing an elephant in action.

Lydia, I am glad I could help. :)

lydia on October 28, 2009:

cool thank you that helps me on my project

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 30, 2009:

thanks for share about this animal. Elephant is strong animal. It helps people in circus. I had seen the elephant action, very funny. great hub.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 27, 2009:

Such lovely creatures.

Lgali on August 24, 2009:

very nice facts good to know

Elephants are able to swim for long distances.

Elephants spend about 16 hours a day eating.

Ultimate Hubber (author) on August 24, 2009:

Nice to hear that. Then you must know a lot more about elephant and why it is considered a sacred animal. Maybe you should write a hub on it for the rest of us.

Thanx for commenting mate.

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on August 24, 2009:

I enjoyed this animal hub probably the most so far UH. The elephant is a sacred animal in my country. The three-headed elephant was featured as Laos' flag from 1949-1975 (up until the Communist takeover and fall of Saigon). Thanks!

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