24 Crazy Cool Elephant Facts You Probably Didn't Know
Elephants are beautiful. They have so many qualities that are hard to find in other animals and let's just add this in now... they are adorable! And even since Trump decided to lift the ban then keep the ban, we just wanted to show why elephants need to be protected. Did you know that elephants love the water? Or actually can't run and gallop? They are so amazing and yet, we barely know much about them. Well, here are some amazing facts to help you understand why elephants are so extraordinary and need our help to keep them safe.
The main reason why elephants are massively killed by poachers is their tusks. Although scientific researches proved the ivory consists of dentine, a tissue that is similar to bone and has no special effects or qualities. We agree, so sad.
Touching is an important form of communication among elephants. Individuals greet each other by stroking or wrapping their trunks. Older elephants also use trunk-slaps, kicks and shoves to discipline younger ones.
Elephants are not scared of mice as some myths suggest. However, they are scared of ants and bees. Consequently, farmers in some African countries protect their fields from elephants by lining the borders with beehives. Seems a rather save way!
Elephants can detect seismic signals with sensory cells in their feet. They can also "hear" these deep-pitched sounds when ground vibrations travel from the animal's front feet, up its leg and shoulder bones, and into its middle ear. Is there any other animal that can do that?!
Elephants use mud as a sunscreen, protecting their skin from ultraviolet light. Without the regular mud baths to protect it from burning, insect bites, and moisture loss, their skin suffers serious damage.