Welcome to my Elephant Facts website – a site created and maintained by a real elephant lover for other admirers of this wonderful animal to enjoy. You can find out about me here. There are plenty of facts on offer from the menu bar above. I try to add regularly to this site and you can see my latest posts below.
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Researchers at San Diego Zoo discovered that elephants can communicate with one another at a frequency that is not audible to humans. We are all familiar with hearing their trumpeting, they can also growl. Their growl has a large range however. The researchers attached a microphone sensitive to the frequencies which we cannot process in order to gain a better knowledge on it. They were able to correspond the different growls to the elephants movements, what they were doing and who they were with. Read the rest of this entry »
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, made a rousing speech showing his passion for helping the animals in the wild. He is Patron of Tusk Trust and spoke of the “truly horrific” situation that elephants now find themselves in, through our own fault. He showed the drastic damage that illegal poaching is having on population numbers and promoted the many education projects which are now taking place in Africa to help local people understand and use wildlife for their own benefit. Read the rest of this entry »
Calgary Zoo in Canada have come to the hard decision to say goodbye to their elephants and relocate them. After having elephants at the zoo for over 40 years, they have realised that the best thing for them is to move to a new home. The zoo feels that as elephants are social creatures and live in herds, in order for them to have a comfortable number, the enclosure is not big enough. The elephants are a big attraction for the zoo, so it shows that they are really concerned over the welfare of the elephants to make sure that their lifestyle is as true to the wild as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
There is to be an elephant census taking place over 3 days at the beginning of June in India. In order to carry out the census as accurately as possible, the elephants over a number of regions will be counted at the same time. Elephants frequently travel and cross borders in search of food and water, therefore making it hard to get an accurate count as the same ones could be counted twice in different areas. The land area and forests will be divided into blocks, with each block being manned by staff and volunteers. Elephant counts will occur in the day and through the night. However, the authorities realise that some elephants will be seen a number of times, as such only 50% of those seen at watering holes during the day will be included in their count. Read the rest of this entry »
I saw an article about two African bull elephants who were fighting in front of tourists in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The pictures of it are amazing, but there’s nothing like experiencing it first hand. Immediately it made me think back to the safari that I went on. We were lucky enough to come across two bulls fighting and we sat watching them lock tusks for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
Just as we like to do things to keep ourselves amused, it seems that elephants do too. Shanthi, an Asian elephant at the US national zoo in Washington, is musically inclined. She taps things, flaps her ears against different objects and rubs her leg up and down shrubs and other low objects all for the noises that they make! Read the rest of this entry »
One of the major contributors to the wildfires experienced in Australia is down to gamba grass. This giant grass is native to Africa and has migrated to the savannas of Australia. It’s too big for animals indigenous to Australia, such as Kangaroos and cattle, to eat and digest; however, it is a great meal for larger animals such as elephants and rhinoceroses. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s coming round to Easter soon and as usual people are starting to think about Easter egg hunts! I was pleased to see that London has done an egg hunt where the proceeds will go towards two charities, including The Elephant Family. These eggs have been designed by over 200 artists and have been hidden all around the city. Read the rest of this entry »
Being a regular visitor to my local zoo, Chester Zoo, I have seen the sale of elephant poo throughout my life. It is a great fertiliser! I was pleased to read that other zoo’s also offer the waste produced by these animals. The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia has made their fertiliser “compOOst” available for pre-order for large amounts, or you can pick up smaller quantities from the park’s entrance. At Riverbanks Zoo about 1,500 pounds of manure is added to their compOOst pile each day, its great to see that nothing is going to waste, so to speak!
I was amazed and delighted to read a story on an elephant birth in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. It is notoriously difficult to know if an elephant is pregnant or not, so the chances of actually catching and witnessing a wild birth are near on zero. Luckily for wildlife photographer Paolo Torchio, he happened to be passing on a morning drive through the park at exactly the right moment. Read the rest of this entry »