8 ‘ELEFACTS’ FOR WORLD ELE­PHANT DAY

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - Kath­leen Chris­tiansen

To­day is for the ele­phants. On World Ele­phant Day, learn some facts about the pachy­derms shared dur­ing a Car­ing for Gi­ants ex­pe­ri­ence at Walt Dis­ney World’s An­i­mal King­dom, cour­tesy of In­ter­pre­tive Keeper Mel Baker and Cul­tural Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Amanda En­gel­brecht of Namibia.

African ele­phants gen­er­ally have larger ears and tusks than Asian ele­phants.

There are fatty pads in­side an ele­phant’s foot that keeps them from mak­ing too much noise when they walk.

African ele­phants only have four teeth.

Fan­ning can help ele­phants cool their body tem­per­a­ture by about 10 de­grees. A tusk is a mod­i­fied tooth. A calf, aka a baby ele­phant, weighs about 300 pounds when it is born.

In Namibia, where ele­phants have adapted to dry con­di­tions; they can go up to four days with­out wa­ter.

One ele­phant tusk can be sold for about $20,000 on the black mar­ket.

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