An elephant can die from a broken heart.
Female elephants live in groups of about 15 animals, all related and led by a matriarch, usually the oldest in the group. She’ll decide where and when they move and rest, day to day and season to season.
Their brains weigh 5kg, much more than the brain of any other land animal.
Baby elephants are initially blind and some take to sucking their trunk for comfort in the same way that humans suck their thumbs.
Males will leave the herd as they become adolescent, around the age of 12, and live in temporary ‘bachelor herds’ until they are mature and live alone.
An Elephant herd is considered one of the most closely-knit societies of any animal, and a female will only leave it if she dies or is captured by humans.
Elephants communicate within their herds or between herds many kilometers away mostly using sounds too low for human ears to perceive and by stamping their feet.
Like Great Apes, Magpies & Dolphins, Elephants have passed the mirror test - they recognize themselves in a mirror.
Elephants commonly show grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, tool-use, playfulness, and excellent learning abilities.
No other animal has a longer pregnancy term than that of the Elephant which is documented at an average of 22 months.
Female Elephants live in groups of about 15 animals, all related and led by a matriarch, usually the oldest in the group. She’ll decide where and when they move and rest, day to day and season to season.
An Elephants normal lifespan is 60-80 years.
If an Elephant becomes sick, herd members will bring it food and help support it as it stands.
Once it is clear that an Elephant is dead, the herd will become very quiet.
They often dig a shallow grave and cover the deceased Elephant with dirt and branches, and will stay at the grave for days afterwards.
Elephants do not lie down to sleep because of the excellent support their very straight legs give them.
The Elephant taxonomic order, Proboscidea, has only 3 members today, but it used to have over forty.
Unfortunately, all Elephant species are endangered.