Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Elephant | Loxodonta africana | Elephas maximus indicus

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Proboscidea
Family: Elephantidae
Genus: Elephas
Species: E. maximus
Subspecies: E. m. indicus
Trinomial name : Elephas maximus indicus / Loxodonta africana

Elephants are mammals, and the largest land animals alive today

Amazing Facts about Elephants
  1. Has hearing range between 1 and 20,000 Hz. The very low frequency sounds are in the "infrasound" range.
  2. Humans cannot hear sounds in the infrasound range.
  3. Elephant Facts ... Did You know ?
  4. Elephants stomp when they walk.
  5. Elephants sleep standing up.
  6. Sometimes baby elephants lie down to sleep.
  7. Elephants bathe. Sometimes the spray dirt on themselves to get the parasites off. Sometimes they bathe in mud
  8. Elephants live in herds.
  9. They cool off by fanning their ears. This cools the blood in their ears. That blood goes to the rest of their body and cools off the elephant.
  10. They poop 80 pounds in one day.
  11. Elephants weigh 10,000 pounds. It would take 250 students to add up to 10,000 pounds.
  12. They collect food with their trunks.
  13. Only grown up ladies and their babies live in the herds.
  14. The daddy elephants leave the herd when they are 12 years old.
  15. They fight with their tusks.
  16. They eat grass and bark.
  17. During the wet season they eat things low to the ground.
  18. During the dry season they use their trunk to gather food from trees and bushes.
  19. They suck up water into their trunks and shoot it into their mouths.
  20. Elephants need lots of room to roam and eat. (Some of us think that this must mean they are not happy in the zoo or in the circus.)
  21. They can run 24mph for short distances.

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