Elephant Facts & Trivia

Elephant Facts

  • Elephants have a lifespan of 60 to 70 years.
  • The African Elephant is the largest living land mammal.
  • Their trunks permit them to reach heights of up to 23 feet.
  • Elephant’s tusks are elongated incisors.
  • The African Elephant’s ears are twice as large as the Asian Elephant’s.
  • There are two types of elephant, the Asian elephant and the African elephant.
  • Elephants are the largest land-living mammal in the world.
  • Female elephants spend their entire lives living in large groups called herds.
  • Male elephant leave their herds at about 13 years old and live fairly solitary lives from this point.
  • Elephants are herbivores.
  • Elephants can hear one another’s trumpeting calls up to 5 miles.
  • The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds (10,886 kg) with a height of 13 feet.
  • The elephant’s trunk is able to sense the size, shape, and temperature of an object.
  • Male elephants are called bulls and females are called cows.
  • An elephant’s trunk is used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking and grabbing.
  • Life span in the wild is about 70 years.
  • Elephant protection status is “threatened.”
  • Tusks are used to dig for food and water, as well as to strip bark from trees.
  • Largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds.
  • To protect from sunburning and elephant will use sand.
  • About 100 elephants a day are killed for their ivory.
  • The best sense of smell in the animal kingdom is from the elephant.
  • Elephants will humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, tool use, playfulness show emotion and mourn.
  • The elephant has the largest brain of any land animal.
  • An elephant pregnancy can go for 22 months.
  • Kenya does a poor job of prosecuting poachers.
  • Elephants sleep standing up.
  • An elephant trunk is thought to have 100,000 muscles.
  • Up to 15,000 elephants are thought to living in captivity.
  • Fifteen countries have banned wild animals in circuses, not the USA, however.
  • A new born elephant weighs about 200 pounds.
  • Elephant skin can be up to one inch thick.
  • Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep themselves warm.
  • Elephants will eat roots, grasses, fruit and bark, but not peanuts.
  • An elephant will sleep 2-3 hours a day.
  • Elephants have no natural predators.
  • 20,000 African elephants were killed in 2013.
  • Elephants have died in research, including at the hand of Thomas Edison.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Proboscidea
  • Family: Elephantidae

Elephant Movies

  • An Apology to Elephants, (2013)
  • The Eyes of Thailand, (2012)
  • Water for Elephants, (2011)
  • Elephant White, (2011)
  • One Lucky Elephant, (2010)
  • Horton Hears a Who!, (2008)
  • Elephant Tales, (2006)
  • Elephant, (2003)
  • The Impossible Elephant, (2001)
  • Babar: King of the Elephants, (1999)
  • Larger then Life, (1996)
  • Operation Dumbo Drop, (1995)
  • An Elephant Called Slowly, (1969)
  • Jumbo, (2008)
  • Babar, (1960)
  • Dumbo, (1941)
  • Elmer Elephant, (1936)

Elephant Songs

  • Baby Elephant Walk, by Henry Mancini
  • Elephant Song, by The Strokes
  • The Elephant Song, by Nicolas Billon

Famous Elephants

  • Dumbo, from the movie “Dumbo”
  • Ella, from “Ella the Elephant”
  • Elmer, from the story book “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant”
  • Jumbo, The Elephant Who Became an Adjective
  • Colonel Hathi, from the movie “The Jungle Book”
  • Babar, from the movie “Babar”
  • Horton, from the movie “Horton Hears a Who!”
  • Kala Nag, from “The Jungle Book”
  • Manny, from the movie “Ice Age”
  • Rosie, from the movie “Water for Elephants”
  • Shep, from the comic “George of the Jungle”
  • Snorky, from the TV Show “The Banana Splits Club”
  • Stampy, from the cartoon series “The Simpsons”
  • Tantor, from the series “Tarzan”

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