For some people, drinking eight cups of water a day sounds like a lot. Elephants, on the other hand, consume 20 to 40 gallons of water per day. These giants are some of the largest and smartest mammals roaming the earth today.
One of an elephants' major features is its incredible trunk. Elephants use their trunks for pretty much anything. They use it for breathing, smelling, drinking, feeling, and even lifting. For over 5,000 years, humans have domesticated elephants to help them lift heavy objects with trunks.
Elephants can weigh up to nearly seven tons and can be 7'9'' to 8'5'' tall. Females are usually smaller than males. Because they are such big animals, a male elephant can eat up to 500 pounds of food a day. Their diet includes leaves, bark, fruit, and grasses.
Elephants often live in herds of 10 to 50. A herd is typically led by one female. Male elephants live separately from female elephants, but they will occasionally visit the herd.
There are two different elephant species: African and Asian. These species are similar, but they also have some differences. African elephants have bigger ears than Asian elephants, while Asian elephants have smaller tusks than African elephants.
Elephants are majestic creatures, but they also face danger. Their ivory tusks are very valuable. They can be used for sculptures, ornaments, and other objects. That's one of the main reasons why elephants are being hunted and killed. For many years, humans have been threatening these gentle animals.
Today, hunting elephants for their ivory tusks is illegal, but unfortunately it is still very common. Hopefully, this beautiful species will be around for many years to come.
[Source: Simpson Street Free Press Archives]