While the blue whale is the largest mammal living today, the elephant is the biggest land mammal in the world. Elephants usually make habitats in swamps and marshes. Unlike other animals, elephants have long trucks which they use for breathing.
Top 10 Interesting Elephant Facts for Kids
- Elephants have only two species. The largest elephant species is called an African bush elephant.
- There are 326 to 351 total bones in an elephant’s body.
- The elephant’s trunk is known as proboscis. It uses its trunk in breathing, grasping, and even sound production.
- Elephants make homes in a variety of habitats such as marshes, dry savannahs, and lakes.
- They will drink as much as 40 liters of water a day. Elephants eat 350 lbs of food each day.
- Elephants are thought to sleep no more than 3 to 4 hours a day.
- The weight of an elephant’s heart is about 26 to 46 lbs.
- Elephants can swim at a speed of 2 kilometers per hour.
- They can reach the top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph).
- The elephant’s skin is about 2.5 cm in thickness.