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Elephants

Elephants

African elephants weigh up to 7 tonnes – that’s the same as about three cars!

Let’s find out some more interesting elephants facts…African bush elephants are bigger than Asian elephants, and both males and females have tusks.

Asian elephants are a little bit smaller and only the males have tusks

Elephants are the biggest land animal on the planet (the blue whale is the biggest animal, but it lives in the sea). Picture how big a Labrador dog is. Now imagine that dog about 50 times bigger – that’s the size of an elephant!

African bush elephants weigh up to 7,000 kilograms and Asian elephants weigh up to 6,000 kilograms.

Both male and female elephants possess tusks, which are modified incisor teeth. Although tusks are present at birth, the “baby tusks” fall out after a year, and permanent ones replace them. These tusks will continue to grow throughout the elephant’s life. Similar to the trunk, elephant tusks are utilized in a wide range of activities. They are used for digging, foraging, and fighting. At times, they also act as a resting place for the elephant’s very heavy trunk.

Elephants live longer than most animals. Because they are so big they don’t have many predators (animals that hunt them). In the wild, elephants can live to be over 70 years old. But you can’t really tell how old an elephant is because they are born with so many wrinkles!

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