The Amazing World of Elephants booklet ages 3+

The Amazing World of Elephants booklet ages 3+

Fun facts About the Elephants:

Elephants are the largest land animals on our planet.  The largest species is called the African Bush Elephant, which is around 10-11 feet tall (for males) and 8-9 for females. Even the smallest species called the African forest elephant, is quite large, around 7 feet tall. The largest African Bush elephant weighs about 7 tons, which is 14,000 pounds. Elephants are considered to be one of the world’s most empathic species.  African elephants grieve and mourn their dead, proving that they’re truly empathetic, social animals.  Elephants can identify languages, they can use tools, they understand human body language. Elephants,  also,  mimic human voices, and they have extraordinary memories.  There are 2 types of elephants found in the world, the Asian Elephant and the African Elephant. Elephants are the largest living land animal, elephants can not jump, they spend 16 hours a day eating, they travel in herds, and they can communicate with each other over far distances. Elephants can live to be 70, they can use their trunks to breathe under water, and they use mud as sun screen. A really interesting fact is, Elephants are afraid of bees. 

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Where are Elephants found:

Wild Elephants are located in Africa and Asia. They are found in habitats like Savannahs, marshes, deserts, and forests.  For reasons including poaching, and habitat destruction, African and Asian elephants are considered to be vulnerable species. Asian Elephants are found in Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia in tropical forests while African Elephants are found in the Sahel desert, sub-Saharan Africa, and tropical forests in Central and West Africa.

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What do Elephants eat:

In terms of their food, Elephants are herbivores. This just means that elephants only eat plants.  Along with plants, they also munch on twigs, fruit, bark, roots, and grass. Per day, Elephants can consume 330 pounds of food a day.  They eat morning, noon, and night! Some of an elephant’s favorite foods are bamboo, flowers, fruits, grasses, leaves, twigs, seeds, and herbs. This is an opportunity to ask the child what their favorite foods are, how much of that food they would eat if they were an elephant, and other fun and creative things to think about. Poor digestion is also to blame, as elephants can only digest 40% of the food they eat.  They need to eat larger quantities of food to make up any energy or nutrients lost from a previous meal. Remember when we talked about how much time they spend eating? Now you know why it takes them so long! Along with their large food consumption, elephants also drink 30-50 gallons of water a day. Water is essential in an elephant’s daily life for hydration, cooling off, bathing, and even play time. Water consumption also plays an important role in successful digestion, so it’s no wonder why an animal as large as an elephant can drink so much water!

What do elephants eat?
What do elephants eat?

How do Elephants communicate?

Elephants communicate with each other by touching.  They can even great each other by wrapping or stroking their huge trunks. If Elephants feel threatened in a particular situation, they will raise their heads and spread their ears. Elephants communicate to each other using a variety of sounds. These sounds include crying, roaring, snorting, and even rumbling. Elephants are known for having great hearing, allowing them to communicate and hear each other from up to 5 miles away. That type of hearing can come in handy. They do this by using the sensitive nerves in their feet to hear sound  vibrations as they travel through the ground at a volume only elephants hear.  When you think of how big they are, it makes sense that they would be able to create such deep sounds that can vibrate the ground, but it’s also incredible to think about! It’s like they’re a living subwoofer, good thing they aren’t your neighbors!


Why should be protect the Elephant?

Elephants are an important creature, and they need our help to thrive around the world. Things have shifted in recent years, with an informed public being less interested in ivory or circus elephants that are treated very poorly. Still, there’s a lot of work to do, and it all begins with education! What is being done to protect Elephants? Tourism is an important way to support elephant conservation as fees are used to help protect the animals, fund anti-poaching teams and track the elephants to make sure they’re safe. Some of the top places to visit to support elephant conservation, and see elephants roaming freely in the wild include Amboseli National Park in Kenya, Chobe National Park in Botswana, and Kruger National Park in South Africa. What do elephants do to help the environment. Elephants help maintain forest and savanna ecosystems for other species, and are integrally tied to rich biodiversity. Elephants directly influence forest composition and density, and can alter the broader landscape. In tropical forests, elephants create clearings and gaps in the canopy that encourage tree regeneration.  What can I do to save them?  Support the ban of Ivory trade. Choose elephant friendly coffee. Buy elephant friendly honey. Support elephant sanctuaries. Adopt an elephant. We should all do what we can to keep these gentle giants thriving.  

I hope you enjoy the The Amazing World of Elephants, along with the fun facts and Elephant activities. We loved having your on our adventure today, I hope you have an awesome day!


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