57 Interesting Elephant Facts


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1. Elephants can tell different human languages apart.
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2. An elephant can drink up to 50 gallons of water in one day
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3. A person eats around 60,000 pounds worth of food during his life which is the equivalent of six elephants.
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4. Elephants can recognize different human languages and know which ones belong to people with a history of confrontation with elephants
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5. An elephant can die from a broken heart.
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6. Male elephants use their trunks to masturbate.
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7. A full-sized elephant can lift objects of around 500 pounds with only its trunk
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8. Elephants cause mini earthquakes when they fall in love.
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9. Wild elephants live up to 39 years longer on average than elephants kept in zoos.
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10. Elephants tickle each other.
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11. Elephants have excellent hearing.
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12. To break through a sheet of graphene as thick as cling film would take the force of an elephant balanced on the point of a pencil.
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13. The elephant is one of the few mammals that can't jump!
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14. The only animal with four knees is the elephant.
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15. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
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16. An elephant call can be heard anywhere within 100 square miles.
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17. Elephants have more muscles in their trunks than adult humans have in their entire body.
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18. Elephants are terrified of Bees and actually have a special, distinct vocalization for "Run away the Bees are angry".
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19. Elephants can't jump. They aren't flexible enough.
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20. Humans can actually die from a broken heart. Elephants too.
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21. Elephants can get sunburned.
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22. Elephants undergo menopause.
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23. Although elephants can make a very wide range of sounds (10 octaves), they mostly communicate through low frequency sounds called 'rumbling'
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24. About 100 elephants are being killed every day for their ivory.
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25. The first bomb dropped by the Allies on berlin in WW2 killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
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26. On average, Elephants sleep for about 2 hours per day.
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27. An elephant's brain weighs about five times more than a human brain but it's body weighs 100 times more than ours.
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28. A full grown elephant can consume hundreds of pounds of food in a day.
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29. Elephant tusks are actually teeth
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30. An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.
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31. Elephants cover their dead with branches.
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32. Elephants mourn their dead.
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33. Elephants sleep between 4 and 5 hours in a 24 hours period.
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34. An elephant can smell water 3 miles away
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35. If the Kool-Aid Man were real, he would weigh about 11,000 pounds — about as much as an elephant.
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36. Elephants are scared of bees.
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37. No other animal has a longer pregnancy term than that of the elephant which is documented at an average of 22 months
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38. Elephants are some of the most emotional creatures worldwide -- They have been known to rescue other animals, such as trapped dogs.
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39. Hyraxes look like small rodents but they are actually more closely related to elephants, tapirs and manatees.
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40. An elephant trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles.
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41. Elephants, lions, and camels roamed Alaska 12,000 years ago.
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42. Elephants often bury dead or sleeping humans or aid them when they are hurt.
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43. A medium-sized cumulus cloud weighs about the same as 40 elephants.
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44. No one has ever been able to domesticate the African elephant. Only the Indian elephant can be trained by man.
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45. African elephants are the largest mammals living on solid ground. They reach lengths up to 7.5 m and weights up to 7500 kg.
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46. Elephants can distinguish different human languages and know which ones belong to people with a history of confrontation with elephants.
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47. On average, it takes 660 days from conception for an elephant to give birth.
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48. Elephants can also purr, just like cats and no one knows why.
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49. Between 2010 and 2012, 100,000 elephants were poached for ivory.
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50. One of the many Tarzans, Karmuela Searlel, was mauled to death on the set by a raging elephant.
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51. Elephants have been known to keep standing even after they die.
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52. Elephants, lions and camels roamed Alaska 12,000 years ago.
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53. Elephants have a special alarm call for when they see a beehive.
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54. Elephants don't like peanuts. They don't eat them in the wild, and zoos don't feed them to their captive elephants.
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55. Elephants can detect rain 150 miles away.
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56. Elephant pregnancies last 22 months – the longest gestation period among land animals.
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57. Elephants can often be aggressive. Violent behavior against humans could be retaliation for poaching and destroying elephant habitats

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