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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Elephants can move forward and backward, but cannot trot, jump, or gallop. They are so heavy that they cannot lift all four legs off the ground at the same time.

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Much like humans are typically left or right-handed, elephants are also left or right-tusked. For instance, if an elephant is a "lefty," it will favor the use of that tusk for things like fighting, picking things up, or stripping trees. The favored tusk even gets shorter over time due to this constant usage.

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Elephants can detect seismic signals with sensory cells in their feet. They can also “hear” these deep-pitched sounds when ground vibrations travel from the animal’s front feet, up its leg and shoulder bones, and into its middle ear.

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Elephants use mud as a sunscreen, protecting their skin from ultraviolet light. Although tough, their skin is very sensitive. Without the regular mud baths to protect it from burning, insect bites, and moisture loss, their skin suffers serious damage.

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Elephants are avid eaters. They can feed for up to 16 hours daily and consume up to 600 pounds of food.

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