Our Top 5 Elephant Facts

Our Top 5 Elephant Facts

Posted by Connor Whelan on 21st Dec 2015

Elephants are one of the most instantly recognisable animals in the world. Whenever there is a wildlife documentary on television then chances are an elephant will star at some point! Here we want to tell you a little bit more about these imposing animals, so here is our list of Elephant facts!

What do Elephants eat?

Elephants are herbivores so they will feast on foods such as; grass, small plants, bushes, fruit and roots. They need a lot of it to sustain their huge mass though!

How long do Elephants live?

Elephants can reach a relatively old age, with their lifespan often reaching anywhere between 60-70 years of age.

Where do Elephants live?

Elephants live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The African Elephants live in both the forests of Western and Central Africa and the deserts. Their Asian counterparts can be found in the scrub forests and rainforests of South East Asia, Nepal and India.

Are Elephants endangered?

Elephants are an endangered species and this is down to a combination of deforestation (which means the Elephants are losing their homes) and hunting. The Elephant population is being decimated due to an insatiable and unjustified desire for their ivory, and when the poachers find the Elephants they will kill them to take their tusks.

Elephant Population

There are between 450,000-700,000 African Elephants but only 35,000-40,000 Asian Elephants left in the wild. This goes to show that conservation efforts towards Elephants are drastically needed as without them they could become extinct sooner rather than later.

We hope this has given you a bit more information about the Elephant, and if you would like to aid their conservation efforts then you can click here to see our elephant projects!


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