10 interesting facts about the African elephant (Loxodonta Africana):
i. Is the largest land mammal
ii. Has a gestation period of 22 months #respect
iii. Gives birth once every 5 years
iv. Can’t jump 🙂
v. Has poor eyesight
vi. The trunk which is a combination of the upper lip and nose is used for smelling, breathing, detecting vibrations, caressing their young, sucking up water, and grasping objects.
vii. The tusks, are modified incisor teeth used for digging, foraging, and fighting. They are present at birth then fall off after one year to be replaced by permanent ones. AND prefer one tusk over the other…so could be right-tusked or left- tusked 😀
viii. Compassionate: Care for the wounded and grieve their dead.
ix. Have a developed sense of memory. They remember loved ones, hold grudges and recognize long-lost friends.
x.Elephant herds are led by a matriach. Girl power! The males leave the group as soon as they hit puberty.
For more information on the African elephant, visit: The Animal Fact Guide