Fun Facts about Elephants:
- Elephants are extremely social, and are healthiest and happiest when they have frequent physical contact and communication with other elephants. Living solo or in captivity often leaves them lonely, confused, unhappy, and unhealthy.
- Elephants in the wild have a life expectancy of 30-50 years, and some live up to 60.
- Even though they’re such huge creatures, elephants are silent when they walk, due to their wide, padded feet.
- How sophisticated is an elephant’s trunk? Each trunk has more than 40,000 muscles, more than all the muscles in a human body combined!
- Elephants also use their trunks similar to how human beings use their digits, allowing them to delicately pick up small objects all the way to heavier work like tearing down tree limbs. They even extend their trunks like a handshake when meeting another elephant.
- While living in the wild, elephants use their agile trunks to gather fruit, bark, grasses, leaves, and herbs, and then chew and process it with large molars, eating up to 300 lbs. of food a day. While living in zoos or in captivity, each elephant typically eats about 125 lbs. of hay, ten pounds of herbivore pellets, ten pounds of vegetables and fruits, and a few leafy branches as dessert.
- There are currently about 3-4,000 elephants in Thailand, a huge drop off from the 1850s, when 100,000 elephants roamed the country. (SCARY)