It’s my mum’s birthday today and her favourite animal is the African elephant, so this post is all about them.
Here are 5 interesting facts about them:
- The African elephant is the largest land animal on earth. Males are much larger than females and can grow up to 7.5 metres long and weight 6 tonnes.
- They have a massive skull, which weighs up to 25% of their total body weight.
- Their large ears are used to keep them cool in hot weather.
- Females often gather in large herds of up to 100 elephants. They are pregnant for almost 2 years before giving birth to their huge babies.
- African elephants are found in the grassy plains and savannah of eastern, southern and western Africa. Sadly, they are considered vulnerable due to excessive poaching for their tusks.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any interesting facts that you would like to share about African elephants?