Why Do Elephants Have Trunks?

Undoubtedly one of the elephant’s most distinctive features is its unique trunk, measuring over 6 feet long in some cases (the height of a tall human) and capable of lifting over 750 lbs this special appendage is one of the most flexible and useful in all the animal kingdom. But how did elephants end up […]

Why Do Elephants Have Big Ears?

Elephants are one of the most instantly recognisable animals on the planet. It’d be hard to miss these giant creatures with their distinctive trunks, tusks and of course huge ears. African elephants can grow to be 13 feet tall and their ears can measure in at a whopping 5 foot! (that’s almost as high as […]

Where Do Elephants Sleep?

Elephants don’t have nests, dens or any other kind of ‘home’ and therefore have no designated place to rest, instead they will sleep wherever they happen to be, assuming there is room for them to settle and it is safe to do so. Whilst elephants do sometimes lie down to sleep, they will also snooze […]

How Much Do Elephants Weigh at Birth?

A baby elephant generally weighs between 200 and 260 lbs when they’re first born and are around three feet tall. That’s the weight of a large full grown man! That might seem like a lot but when you remember that a full grown elephant can weight over 13000 lbs it doesn’t seem quite so much. […]

How Many Elephants Are Kept in Captivity?

There are estimated to be 15,000 – 20,000 elephants living in some form of captivity around the world including in sanctuaries, zoos and circuses. There are a further 25,000 – 30,000 elephants living in the wild, for a total worldwide population of 40,000 – 50,000. So this means just over 1 in 3 elephants are […]

How Fast Can Elephants Run?

The short answer is that elephants run about 10 to 15 miles per hour (16 to 24 kilometers per hour). Some claim elephants can run over 25 mph but there is little evidence to support this, with most studies showing top speeds no greater than 15 mph. The slightly longer answer is that elephants don’t […]

Do Elephants Have Good Memory?

Yes, elephants have excellent memory and research has repeatedly shown them to have exceptional recall power. This ability is essential to elephant’s survival, allowing them to recognise friends, avoid danger and remember treasured routes to food and water in habitats with scarce resources. Elephants are one of the most intelligent animals on earth, matching wits […]

Do Elephants Cry?

The short answer is yes, elephants have been observed crying. The more complicated answer is that we can’t be sure they cry for the same reasons as humans.  Elephants are very intelligent creatures with complicated social relationships and have been shown to grieve, express empathy and even understand language. While we know elephants definitely exhibit […]

Do Elephants Have Knees?

The short answer is yes, like other land mammals the elephant does have knees. However the popular misconception that the elephant is the only animal which has four knees isn’t quite accurate. What appear to be the elephant’s front knees are in fact its wrists and elbows. Like other four legged animals the elephant has […]

Can Elephants Swim?

Yes elephants can swim, they are very strong swimmers much like many other mammals. Elephant’s sheer mass means they’re surprisingly buoyant and with their strong limbs they make confident swimmers even over long distances. The video below shows incredible footage of elephants swimming through deep waters with no problem! See more information about how elephants […]

Are Elephants Mammals?

Yes, elephants are indeed mammals, in fact they’re the largest land mammals on the planet. Elephants can grow to be over 3 meters tall, making them not only the largest mammal on land, but the largest animal on land. How can you tell an elephant is a mammal? There are three key things that help […]

Are Elephants Herbivores?

Yes, elephants are herbivores and they eat a diet entirely made up of plants, vegetables and fruits. Whether they live in the wild or in captivity elephants avoid meat completely, sticking to vegetation or if they’re lucky special treats from their keepers! Elephants are the biggest land animals in the world and they have to […]