Happy International Elephant Day – Here Are Some Fun Facts About Elephants
I had an opportunity to hang out with some pretty cool elephants on my honeymoon in Thailand. We fed them (this won't be a shock, but they eat ALOT), took them for a walk, and gave them a bath at the end of our time together.
It was awesome to bond with the elephants and learn about them. I thought the elephants were so fascinating I wrote down everything I learned so I wouldn't forget! I wanted to share these fun facts with you in honor of International Elephant Day:
- There are two distinct species of elephants, Asian Elephants, and African Elephants. In Thailand, I spent time with Asian Elephants.
- Asian Elephants are pregnant between 18-22 months and African Elephants are pregnant for 22 months
- A newborn elephant normally weighs between 200 and 250 pounds
- There are 40,000 muscles in an elephants trunk. Compare that to the 639 muscles in the human body. WHOA!
- Elephants are WICKED smart. An elephant can recognize more than 200 different elephants. This is very important for mama elephants. They need to remember which other elephants they can trust with their young and which ones to avoid.
I hope you enjoyed my facts about elephants. If you ever get an opportunity to travel to Southeast Asia, visiting one of the elephant sanctuaries is an unforgettable experience!