My grandma's favorite animal is the Elephant! And they are one of mine, too! They are very beautiful! I love how wise they look and how they are all about family! They all love one another!
Fact #1 Despite the size of ears, the elephant’s hearing is poor and elephant's eyes are small and its eyesight is poor as well.
African elephants' ears are used to aid ventilation.
One of the softest parts of their body is at the back of the ears, which is called the knuckle. Elephant trainers, called Mahouts, use their feet to steer or give commands to the animal via the knuckle at the back of the ears.
Fact #2 African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa. (Asian elephants have smaller, rounded ears.)
Fact #3 An elephant's trunk is actually a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles. African elephants have two finger like features on the end of their trunk that they can use to grab small items. (Asian elephants have one.)
Elephants spend about 16 hours a day eating alone! They consume as much as 495 pounds of food per day!
Fact #4 Life Span - elephants can live for up to 70 years!
Fact #5 They live in tight social units led by an older matriarch and
males leave the herd between the age of 12 and 15.
Fact #6 Elephants normally walk about 4 mph and are
able to swim for long distances!
Fact #7 Their tusks are made of ivory and are actually enormously enlarged incisors.
Fact #8 They have the largest brains in the animal kingdom!
Fact #9 Walking at a normal pace an elephant covers about 2 to 4 miles an hour (3 to 6 km/h) but they can reach 24 miles an hour (40 km/h) at full speed.
Fact #10 An elephant's skin is extremely tough around most parts of its body and measures about 2.5 cm (1 in) thick.