Elephants are usually associated with the African savannah, but they can actually be found in the wild in both Africa and Asia. These large plant-eaters live in family groups called herds, and use their long trunks to do everything from eating and drinking to greeting one another and warding off predators. Hunted for their ivory tusks, elephants have become threatened in the wild, although some have been domesticated for use as beast of burden by native cultures. When left alone, elephants can live to the age of 70, and female elephants will stay close their entire lives.
The African Bush Elephant (loxodonta africana) is better-known and larger of the two species of African elephants. Both it and the African forest Elephant were previously classified as a single species, known simply as the African Elephant. It is also known as the Bush Elephant or Savanna Elephant.
- elephants use their trunk as a snorkel when swimming.
- elephants are some of the most intelligent animals on Earth.
- elephants prefer one tusk over the other, just as people prefer left or right hands.
- At birth, an elephant calf typically weighs 105 kilograms (230 lb )
- An elephants trunk can hold 2.2 gallons (8.5 litres ) of water.
- elephants spend up to 16-18 hours per day eating.
- the elephant is the largest of all land animals.
- elephants use their feet to listen, they can pick up sub-sonic rumblings made by other elephants through vibrations in the ground.
- elephants spend up to 16-18 hours per day eating