How Much Do You Know About Elephants?
How many months are elephants pregnant for?
- Elephants are pregnant for 22 months, which is nearly 2 years! This is longer than any other animal.
How much do baby elephants weigh at birth?
- At birth, baby elephants weigh about 210 pounds!
How many hours do elephants sleep?
- Elephants only sleep for 2-3 hours every day. They spend about 16 hours foraging for food.
What is a baby elephant called?
- Baby elephants are called calves. They stay with their mothers and drink their milk for two years.
What is the average lifespan of an elephant?
- Elephants live for 70 years on average! This is some of the longest animal lifespans.
How many muscles are in an elephant trunk?
- Of the 100,000 muscles in elephants, 40,000 are located in their trunks!
At what age do male elephants reach their full size?
- It takes male elephants quite a while to reach their full size, most reaching it at 35-40 years. No wonder they're the world's largest land mammal!
How many pounds of food do elephants eat each day?
- Elephants need up to 330 pounds of food each day! Much of it leaves their bodies undigested.
How long does it take for babies to stand after birth?
- Calves can stand just 20 minutes after birth. They can walk within 1 hour, which is fundamental to their survival.
Whar percentage of African elephants have been killed for their ivory?
- About 90% of African elephants have been illegally killed for their ivory tusks. Only about 415,000 are alive today.