African Elephant

  • The African elephant is the largest land animal.  The bulls are bigger than the females weighing up to 7 000kg and reaching 4m at the shoulder.
  • African elephants can smell water from kilometers away.  Where there seems to be no water in sight, the elephant has the ability to find this precious resource hidden under the sand by digging with its trunk.  By creating new waterholes the elephant not only saves himself from thirst but leaves a small waterhole behind for other animals to drink from.
  • Elephants also use waterholes to bath in. When under water, elephants use their trunks as snorkels.
  • Elephants can go for up to four days without water and an adult elephant drinks up to 200 liters per day. They use their trunks to drink with and each trunk-full is up to eight liters.
  • Living in the blazing sun elephants also use their trunks and spray themselves with water and mud to keep cool.

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