Big, sociable, majestic and intelligent, elephants can be rightly dubbed as the gentle giants of the animal kingdom. However, they may not always be gentle. They can turn aggressive for a number of reasons. Unless of course an elephant is a mad one, it is very unlikely that this massive creature will suddenly attack a human for no reason. In this article we will explore 60 interesting elephant facts that will cover some incredible information about this majestic animal. Let us begin!
Interesting Elephant Facts: 1-10
1. Elephants are the largest land animals alive today. Some get confused and say that giraffe is the largest land animal but that is not true. Giraffe is the tallest land animal.
2. Currently, the two most widely recognized elephant species are: African Elephant and Asian Elephant.
3. Some experts argue that African Forest Elephants and African Bush Elephants are two distinct species but many others disagree.
4. African Elephants are geographically bounded inside the African continent and are mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa.
5. Asian Elephants are found in the continent of Asia and are primarily distributed in Southeast and South Asia.
6. Elephants belong to the order Proboscidea and family Elephantidae. The other members of the Proboscidea order include mastodons, mammoths, gomphotheres and deinotheres, all of which are now extinct.
7. African Elephants are bigger than their Asian relatives. Males of the African species are largest land mammals on this planet as of now.
8. Usually, the African Elephants grow anywhere between 8.2 feet and 13 feet at the shoulder. They can weigh anywhere between 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kilograms) and 14,000 lbs. (6,350 kilograms).
9. Asian variants are pretty smaller with their height restricted between 6.6 feet and 9.8 feet at shoulder. They usually weigh between 4,500 lbs. (2,041 kilograms) and 11,000 lbs. (4,990 kilograms).
10. In Africa while these gigantic mammals are mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa, they also have a significant presence in West African rainforests, Central African rainforests and Mali’s Sahel Desert.