25 Cool And Absolutely Extraordinary Elephant Facts

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.

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An elephant’s skin is so sensitive that they can feel a fly landing on it.

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Despite their heavy weight, newborn elephants can stand up shortly after they're born.

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Since ancient times, elephants have been used as working animals for various tasks, including taking them into war. Historically, bulls are difficult and dangerous to work with and have often been chained and sometimes abused.

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The attribute of elephants for having excellent memory may have basis in fact. They possibly have cognitive maps allowing them to remember large-scale spaces over long periods of time.

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The average life span for an elephant in the wild is about 50 to 70 years. The oldest elephant ever was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant, who died on February 2003 at the age of 86.

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