The elephant is the largest living land mammal. Of all its specialized features, the muscular trunk is perhaps the most extraordinary. It serves as a nose, hand, extra foot, signaling device and tool for gathering food, siphoning water, dusting, and digging. The tusks are another notable feature of both males and females. Elephants are right or left-tusked, using the favored tusk more often, thus shortening it from constant wear. Tusks differ in size, shape and angle and researchers can use them to identify individuals.
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BACK OFF - I'LL BE BACK - THE STORY BEHIND THE PAINTING
After a walk in the bush, we returned back to the vehicle to find a bull elephant eating the grass 20 yards up the track. He was wary but not aggressive – that is until a busload of tourists turned up, their driver flashing his lights and sounding his horn. The elephant reacted and did a mock charge and they drove off satisfied. At this point, I was filling up the jeep from the reserve tank when he turned his attention on us. Everyone scattered but I was holding a gushing diesel pipe and couldn’t move! He got within 10 feet before he stopped. He moved off very slowly stopping every 10 yards and glaring at us as a warning. “I’ll be back!” We left in a hurry...
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Usually only one calf is born to a pregnant female. An orphaned calf will usually be adopted by one of the family's lactating females or suckled by various females. Elephants are very attentive mothers, and because most elephant behavior has to be learned, they keep their offspring with them for many years. Tusks erupt at 16 months but do not show externally until 30 months. The calf suckles with its mouth (the trunk is held over its head); when its tusks are 5 or 6 inches long, they begin to disturb the mother and she weans it. Once weaned usually at age 4 or 5, the calf still remains in the maternal group.
Elephants consume about 5% of their body weight and drink 30-50 gallons of water per day. Young elephants must learn how to draw water up their trunks and pour it into their mouths. They eat an extremely varied vegetarian diet including grass, leaves, twigs, bark, fruit and seed pods.
Today, it is difficult for elephants to live outside protected parks as they are pressured by poachers and by the habitat loss that comes with increasing human settlement. For more than 45 years, AWF has been involved with elephant research in eastern and southern Africa, developing management strategies to minimize human-elephant conflict. Elephants are an essential component of African ecosystems, but when they are confined by park boundaries and human settlements, their impact can upset the ecological balance. Thus, the identification and protection of migration corridors and dispersal areas outside of parks is critical.
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Elephants can live in nearly any habitat that has adequate quantities of food and water. Their ideal habitat consists of plentiful grass and browse.
Elephants are gregarious and form small family groups consisting of an older matriarch and several generations of relatives. These family groups are often visited by mature males, who check for females in estrus. Several interrelated family groups may inhabit an area and know each other well. When they meet at watering holes and feeding places, they greet each other affectionately.
Smell is the most highly developed sense, but sound deep growling or rumbling noises is the principle means of communication. Some researchers think that each individual has its signature growl by which it can be distinguished. Sometimes elephants communicate with an ear-splitting blast when in danger or alarmed, causing others to form a protective circle around the younger members of the family group. Elephants make low-frequency calls, many of which, though loud, are too low for humans to hear. These sounds allow elephants to communicate with one another at distances of five or six miles.
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Interesting Elephant Facts
Found in: Congo, Kilimanjaro, Maasai Steppe, Samburu, Zambezi
Scientific Name: Loxodonta africana
Size: Up to 11 feet
Weight: 31/2 - 61/2 tons (7,000 13,200 lb)
Elephant Lifespan: 60 to 70 years
Elephant Habitat: Dense forest to open plains
Elephant Diet: Herbivorous
Gestation: About 22 months
Who are you shoving?- Original Elephant Painting by Alan M Hunt
Just like small children, baby elephants love mud and water and these two orphans rescued by Daphne Sheldrick are no exception. Watching these animals enjoy themselves after they had seen their mothers die needlessly and been so close to death themselves is truly heart-warming!
Other Interesting Facts
The elephant is distinguished by its high level of intelligence, interesting behavior, methods of communication and complex social structure.
Elephants seem to be fascinated with the tusks and bones of dead elephants, fondling and examining them. The myth that they carry them to secret "elephant burial grounds," however, has no factual base.
Reinforcements - Elephant Painting by Alan M hunt
Elephants are very social, frequently touching and caressing one another and entwining their trunks.
Elephants demonstrate concern for members of their families they take care of weak or injured members and appear to grieve over a dead companion.
Elephant Conservation Projects
International Elephant Fund
Amboseli Trust For Elephants