A Picture of an Elephant

Elephant Facts

  • Name: Elephant
  • Family: Elephantidae
  • Lifespan: Between 60 and 70 years
  • Diet: Foliage (herbivorous)
  • Range: Africa and Asia
  • Length: Up to 24 feet (African)
  • Weight: Up to 7 tons (African)

17 Elephant Facts for Kids

  1. Elephants are the largest extant land animals on our planet.
  2. Elephants are members of the Elephantidae family and subfamily.
  3. Elephants are easy to identify by their unique features. They have a long truck, tusks and large flappy ears.
  4. There are three living species of elephants on our planet. They are the African Bush elephant, the African Forest elephant and the Asian elephant.
  5. The African Bush and African Forest elephants live in the Sub-Saharan in Africa.
  6. The Asian elephant live in the South-Southeastern of Asia.
  7. The African Bush elephant on average weighs between 3 to 6 tons.
  8. The African Forest elephant on average weighs between 2 to 4 tons.
  9. The Asian elephant on average weighs between 3 to 4.5 tons.
  10. Elephants are herbivores that eat foliage and fruit.
  11. Elephants spend around 12 to 18 hours a day eating.
  12. Elephants can produce up to 300 pounds of poop each day.
  13. Scientists believe elephants are highly intelligent, appear to show self-awareness and empathy.
  14. It takes a female elephant 22 months to give birth to a baby elephant.
  15. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has the Asian elephant species classified as endangered and both African elephant species classified as vulnerable.
  16. The biggest risk to both African and Asian elephants is poachers who illegally hunt them for their ivory, followed by the human destruction of their natural habitat.
  17. Mammoths are an extinct group of the Elephantidae family.

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