Happy World Elephant Day, friends!
There’s no way I could let today pass without doing something to honor these beautiful beings. Elephants are one of Earth’s most majestic creatures. Aside from their beauty, they are absolutely intelligent and powerful. While we can all say, “aw, I love elephants!” can we all really say we know a lot about them? If you’re an elephant lover, you should take a closer look at who they really are as a species.
On World Elephant Day, let’s celebrate their existence by learning more about them. Here are some fast facts.
#1: Elephants are the world’s largest land animals.
#2: Elephants absolutely love to swim. You wouldn’t even think with their body size and weight, but they are excellent swimmers and can swim great distances. They also have fun with one another in the water. How sweet!
#3: An elephant’s trunk weighs in around 400 lbs. It can pick up large items and even small items – like a single grain of rice. It has 40,000 muscles in it.
#4: Elephant live to be over 70 years old. Female elephants can have babies up until their 50’s!
#5: Elephants are highly intelligent. Their developed brain is the largest of all the land mammals, and is 3 or 4 times larger than that of humans.
#6: While elephants do not have the best eye sight, their sense of smell is impeccable.
#7: Elephants stick together. They live in small tight-knit family units with one older matriarch as leader.
#8: Elephants can weight anywhere between 5,000 to 14,000 lbs.
#9: Lady ellie’s endure a long pregnancy, taking 22 months from conception to give birth.
#10: Elephants are highly emotional. They cry, laugh, and have great memory. They hug with their trunks and greet each other when they haven’t seen one another in a while. They also express grief, remembering and mourning their loved ones even many years after death.
[I know the image says 10, but I couldn’t stop myself – so, jk… 15 facts]
#11: Elephants are self-aware and could recognize themselves in a mirror.
#12: An elephant’s skin is 1 inch thick, but very sensitive. They can actually feel a fly on their skin!
#13: Elephants can produce a variety of sounds, from trumpeting to purring.
#14: Elephants use their feet to hear – the vibrations travel up their feet, legs, shoulders, and into their ears.
#15: Elephants take mudbaths, which protect their skin from the sun’s UV rays.
On another elephant note, I want to point out one of my all-time favorite clothing brands – The Elephant Pants. If you know me, you’ve definitely seen me rocking these all the time. I have a couple pairs and continually add to my collection. Not only are they comfortable and adorable all together, but each pair of pants bought means that the company donates a portion of every sale to help prevent elephant poaching. Winning all around, right? And no, I am not being paid to talk about this… I just think that this company is truly amazing and deserves some recognition ;)
See how happy I am wearing my elephant pants?
But really – if you want something comfy, unique, and bold, consider purchasing a pair for a good cause on World Elephant Day. Support good companies <3
So, are you even more in love with these babes after reading about them? I think I fell in love all over again while writing it…
Seriously people – support the save the elephants movement. Poaching is disgusting. It’s cruel. It’s unnecessary. It’s barbaric.
Okay, it’s time for me to get down from my soapbox (thanks for listening!), put my elephant pants on, and get along with my day. Be kind today, folks. xx bianca