Let us celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day and talk Elephants! They are wonderful and majestic animals and rightly so have a whole day dedicated to them. Unfortunately, there are many factors which are putting the Elephant species at risk. So, let’s take some time to learn about these beautiful creatures!

After all, we all know Elephants are great at multi-tusking!

Keep reading to discover some awesome facts about Elephants!

  1. They are the largest of land animals with males measuring around 3 meters high and weighing a huge 6 tonnes.
  2. Elephants have around 150,000 muscle units in their trunks!
  3. Did you know Elephants have super thick skin? In most places their skin is 2.5cm thick.
  4. Elephant calves can stand within an impressive 20 minutes of being born!
  5. These amazing animals can communicate via vibrations! They send seismic signals that create vibrations in the ground, which Elephants detect in their bones.

Sadly around 90% of African Elephants have been wiped out in the past century, leaving around only 415,000 wild Elephants. Asian Elephants are just as much under threat, with their numbers declining at least 50% in the last 3 generations, leaving around 45,000 in the wild.

It is extremely important to educate about Elephants to spread awareness and protect the species. Why not use some lesson time to teach your students about these precious animals? Find a super cute lesson plan here.

Source: WWF.