20 Amazing Facts About The Majestic Elephant

The elephant has been an integral part of the human culture since the beginning of time, from the ancient Paleolithic rock paintings of them in the Sahara to their depictions in Far Eastern religions like Hinduism with the deity Ganesh. And yet, as important as they’ve have proven to be to us humans, it is amazing that people don’t know more about them. With more and more elephants showing up on watch lists for endangered species, it is more important than ever that we keep ourselves educated about this amazing animal – so here are a few facts to get you started.

Big Babies

The average human is pregnant for a period of nine months before giving birth, but what about the average elephant? Elephant fetuses gestate for two years before birth.

Feed Me More

All animals need food, but the elephant needs a whole lot of food. The average elephant consumes 300 kg of food and 160 liters of water a day – that would be equivalent to 1,800 apples and 675 glasses of water.

The Hair Of My Chinny-Chin-Chin

When you compare elephants to people, there aren’t too many things in common between us. What you may not know is that there is something unique that we share: we are the only two mammals on Earth that have chins.

What’s The Buzz?

People are afraid of bees for good reason – because they are apt to sting you when they are agitated. Elephants have been observed with the same natural instinct, avoiding bees whenever possible.