5 Interesting Facts About African Elephants

This is an African Elephant after his drink

This is an African Elephant after his drink

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:

  1. 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.
  2. They have a massive skull, which weighs up to 25% of their total body weight.
  3. Their large ears are used to keep them cool in hot weather.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

Similar species:

White Rhinoceros

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