Elephants might all look the same at first glance, but two species of elephants actually live on the earth – the Asian elephants and the African elephants. Asian elephants are smaller than African elephants. Their ears are smaller, too. Only male Asian elephants have tusks. African elephants are larger and have big, floppy ears shaped like the continent they come from – Africa! Both male and female African elephants have tusks.
Elephants are the largest land mammal. Adults weigh between 6,000 and 11,000 pounds. That’s as heavy as a big truck or SUV. Elephants need to eat a lot to fuel those big bodies. In the wild, they eat up to 450 pounds of food each day. Elephants are herbivores. They eat plants, grass, tree bark, and of course, peanuts.
Fun Facts about Elephants for Kids
- A baby elephant weighs up to 250 pounds. That’s more than your dad weighs!
- Male adult elephants need over 70,000 calories each day. That’s as many calories as you’d find in 127 Big Mac sandwiches!
- Female elephants live in troops. One old mom is in charge. She decides where to sleep and look for food. All the mama elephants help take care of the babies. Male elephants usually live alone.
- Elephants take care of each other. If one elephant is sick, other elephants will stay with it.
- Elephants can be dangerous if frightened or angered.
- Never ever purchase any products made from ivory, this is how poachers make their money.
- An elephants brain is up to four times larger than a humans.
- There are 16 muscles in the trunk of an Elephant. The trunk has up to 100 muscles.
- Elephants are afraid of bees. To protect farmland from hungry elephants some farmers place bee hives on the outskirts of the farmland.
- A female elephants gestation period is 22 month. That’s the longest pregnancy period in whole animal kingdom.
- Elephants have poor eyesight but excellent hearing and sense of smell.
- You know the way we humans hug to greet each other? Well elephants hug each also by wrapping their trunks together.
- A baby elephant (calf) just like humans will lose their first set of teeth. They will also lose their first tusks.
- When you look at an elephants tusk you do not see the total size. Up to 1/3 of the tusk is hidden in the skull.
- An elephant will also use its ears to regulate body temperature.
- Tusk: hard, pointed horns
- Fuel: give energy
- Calorie: energy in food
- Troop: group of elephants
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Watch this nice video about elephants:
A video of adult elephants helping a drowning baby elephant.
Question 1: How long do elephants live?
Answer 1: Elephants can live up to 70 years.
Question 2: Are elephants smart?
Answer 2: Elephants are among the smartest animals in the world. They can work together and solve problems. Elephants have a largest brain of any animal.
Question 3: What is a baby Elephant called?
Answer 3: A baby elephant is called a calf.
Question 4: What is a male Elephant called?
Answer 4: A male Elephant is called a Bull.
Question 5: Have Elephants good hearing?
Answer 5: Elephants have excellent hearing. They have better hearing than us humans. Elephants can hear some sounds up to 1.5 km away.
Question 6: What is the largest land animal?
Answer 6: Elephants are the largest land animals. The African Elephant is the largest of the two types we have in the world. The Asian Elephant is the smaller of the two.
Question 7: Can Elephants Jumps?
Answer 7: Elephants cannot jump.
Question 8: How thick is an Elephants skin?
Answer 8: An Elephants skin is an inch thick.
Question 9: Is it true that Elephants purr?
Answer 9: Yes Elephants do purr. They do this as a way of communicating to each other.
Question 10: Why to Elephants have tusks?
Answer 10: An Elephants tusks are made of Ivory, they use the tusks for digging, lifting and when defending themselves.
Question 11: Do Elephants get emotional?
Answer 11: Yes Elephants have emotions just like we do, they cry, laugh and have an absolutely fantastic memory.
Question 12: Can Elephants swim?
Answer 12: Yes Elephants are good swimmers. They use all four legs to swim and they use their trunk to get air when in deep water.