Elephants are intelligent like primates and dolphins, which means they live complex lives with an interesting social structure, a measure of self-awareness, a need to grieve when someone in their family circle dies, and they have the ability to remember. Relating to the latter ability, Elephants have brains structured to remember. (Source)

I’m sure I’ve seen elephants in a zoo or at a circus many years ago, but I don’t have a specific memory of them. I’ve always been fascinated by them, especially how profoundly they grieve. 

The zoo and circus experience can be tough on animals. But I found a cool sanctuary in Tennessee that offers a haven for elephants.

FunFacts about Elephants (Source) (Source)

  • There are three species of elephants: The African bush elephant, the African forest elephant and the Asian elephant.
  • The elephant’s natural habitats are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
  • Their long trunk or proboscis is used for breathing, lifting water and for moving things.
  • Their incisors grow into tusks which can be used for battle, for digging, and for moving objects.
  • Elephants’ large ears work to cool their bodies.
  • African elephants have larger ears than their Asian counterparts.
  • Elephants are herbivores.
  • Predators, like tigers, lions, hyena and wild dogs, prey on the calves.
  • Females (cows) tend to live in family groups led by the most dominant female called a matriarch.
  • Males (bulls) leave the family groups at puberty. Males tend to live alone or with other males.
  • Calves are the focus of the female groups and will stick close to mom for up to three years.
  • Elephants are smart and are similar to primates and to the whale-dolphin-porpoise group called ‘cetaceans’. All these mammals appear to be self-aware and show empathy for the dying or dead of their kind.
  • Elephants have been used in war.
  • In Asia, elephants are used as working animals.
  • African elephants are on the ‘vulnerable’ list while Asian elephants are on the ‘endangered’ list.
  • Only one mammal can’t jump: The elephant.
  • Elephants can live to be over 70 years old.
  • An elephants’ skin is an inch thick.
  • A female generally will only give birth three or four times in her lifetime. Her calves will average 230 pounds at birth. The pregnancy lasts 22 months.
  • Elephants purr like cats do for communication.
  • Elephants cry, play, laugh and have long memories.
  • Because elephants’ feet are thickly padded they can walk almost silently.
  • If a baby complains, the entire family will go over to it to touch, caress and soothe.
  • Elephants are social and will hug by entwining trunks.
  • Elephants remember their dead: ‘Elephants pay homage to the bones of their dead, gently touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one has died, he/she will stop dead still; a silent and empty pause that can last several minutes.’ (Source)

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