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.
Like human toddlers, great apes, magpies, and dolphins, elephants have passed the mirror test — they recognize themselves in a mirror.
Unlike most mammals, which grow baby teeth and then replace them with a single permanent set of adult teeth, elephants are polyphyodonts that have cycles of tooth rotation throughout their lives.
The trunk of an elephant has more than 40,000 muscles in it.
The largest elephant on record weighed 26,000 pounds (11793.402 kg) and was 13 feet high (3.9624 m).
Female elephants undergo the longest gestation period of all mammals - they are pregnant for 22 months.
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