Elephants are the largest existing land animals. Three species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. Elephantidae is the only surviving family of the order Proboscidea; extinct members include the mastodons. You might be thinking that you know this Big creature too well because you know it has the longest Gestation for all mammals which is a period of 2 Years.
Here are some facts to note about this Creature which it's young ones can weigh up to staggering 120kg at birth.
1. Elephants have amazing sense of smell – the best in the whole animal kingdom! An elephant can smell water from up to 12 miles away.
A team of researchers working in Nambia has found that elephants are able to detect rain storms from distances as far away as 150 miles. ... Elephants are also migratory animals, with herds nearly constantly on the move in the search for food and water.
2. Elephants are quite fascinating Creatures, they have a life span of 50 - 70 Years,though the oldest recorded elephant is around 86 Years.
3. Elephants spend about 16 hours a day eating – they require up to 300kg of food and 160 litres of water each day.
4. Elephants are the world’s largest land animal! Male African elephants can reach 3m tall and weigh between 4,000 -7,500kg. Asian elephants are slightly smaller, reaching 2.7m tall and weighing 3,000– 6,000kg.
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