Scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Southern parts of Asia, elephants are the world’s largest land animals. Traditionally, two species of these amazing giants are recognized – the African elephant and the Asian elephant. Most people can agree they’re amazing and fascinating creatures. Unfortunately, due to poaching and habitat destruction, the world’s population of elephants is drastically decreasing. African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, while Asian elephants are classified as endangered. To raise awareness of these beautiful, intelligent, and peaceful mammals, we’ve made a list of 25 Cool And Absolutely Extraordinary Elephant Facts.
Elephants love water. They like to dive into the water, swim, and find great fun in fighting the waves. The water's buoyancy also gives their joints a break.
Female elephants can have babies until they are about 50 years old. They tend to have a new baby every 2 to 4 years. They usually have one baby and twins are very rare.
Stories of African elephants getting drunk from the fermented Marula fruit are not true. They don’t eat the fruit off the ground where it ferments, and even if they did, it would take about 1,400 pieces to get one elephant drunk.
Poachers kill elephants primarily for their tusks. Despite being illegal, the increasing demand for ivory from China and its high value motivate poachers to continue their crimes.