8 ‘ELEFACTS’ FOR WORLD ELEPHANT DAY
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.