Elephant Facts for Kids

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  • There are two types of elephants, Asian Elephants and African Elephants.

  • The scientific name for an African Elephant is Loxodonta africana and the scientific name for an Asian Elephant is Elephas Maximus.
  • Elephants are the largest land mammal in the world.
  • Elephants live in Asia and Africa.
  • African elephants are larger than Asian elephants and have larger ears.
  • Elephants are around 200 pounds when they are born.  That’s one big baby!
  • Adult elephants weigh between 5,000 and 14,000 pounds.
  • A female elephant is called a cow.
  • A male elephant is called a bull.
  • A baby elephant is called a calf.
  • Elephants have no natural animal predators.
  • Humans are known to kill elephants for their ivory tusks.
  • Scientists discovered that elephants sing. They use an ultrasound rumble too low for humans to hear  to keep the heard together and to find mates.
  • Elephants travel in a herd.  A herd has 10 or more elephants.  Herds are lead by a female elephant.
  • Elephants are herbivores meaning they only eat plants and vegetables no meat.
  • Elephants eat grass, leaves, shrubs, branches and fruit.
  • They spend 16 hours a day eating.
  • Adult elephants eat 300-600 pounds of food everyday.
  • Elephants drink 40-50 gallons of water everyday.
  • Elephants sleep about 2 hours per day.
  • Elephants like to swim.
  • An Elephants trunk is their nose.
  • The average lifespan for an elephant is 60-70 years.