25 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Elephants. #7 Will Make Your Blood Boil.

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Elephants can hear one another's calls up to 5 miles away.

Children as young as three can recognize them, and no matter how old you get, the elephant probably remains one of your favorite animals. That's because they're totally awesome. However, there might be a thing or two you don't know about these beloved pachyderms. This list will change that. Below are 25 interesting facts about elephants, some of them you've definitely never heard before. Check it out and learn a thing or two about one of the world's most magical creatures. #15 is totally insane.
Doug Wheller

The largest elephant on record weighed about 24,000 pounds. He was also 13 feet tall.

Corrie Du Plessis

Elephants can get sunburned. They usually use sand or mud as sunblock.

Elephants, like humans, have death rituals. Additionally, if an elephant gets sick, members of the herd will care for it.

When the "Elephant Whisperer" Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him.

Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization

Elephants are actually afraid of bees.

Dr. Lucy E. King

About 100 elephants are killed every day for their ivory.

Pegi Sue

Elephants only sleep about 4 hours each day.

Michael Bonocore

An adult elephant requires up to 600 pound of food -and lots of water -each day.

Elephants are pregnant for 2 years.

Paul Williams

Phajaan or ‘crushing’ is the traditional Asian torture of young elephants to break their spirit. In order to make them submissive to humans, they are starved, beaten, and kept awake for days. Many elephants used for entertainment have unfortunately been through this.

Antje Wenner-Braun

Elephants can differentiate between men and women, and even between different ethnicities.


An elephant can smell water from 12 miles away.

Dave Schreier

They can also detect rain 150 miles away.

Odette Lawler

Elephants have 6 sets of teeth. Each set falls out and is replaced with a new one, until eventually, they fall out for good when the elephant is old. When that happens, the elephant dies from a combination of old age and malnutrition.

Craig Borrow

Their skin is so sensitive that they can feel a fly landing on it.

Lyn Francey

Elephants don’t actually like peanuts - and they don't eat them in the wild.

Michael Campbell

Female elephants live in groups of around 15. They're all led by one matriarch, who basically makes all the decisions for the herd.

Carolyn Eaton

Elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror.


There are only two distinct species of elephant left in the world: The African elephant and the Asian elephant.

National Elephant Center

Elephants have two gaits. One is a walk and one is like a run. However, they can't jump.

Dr. Lucy E. King

Their very large ears are used to radiate excess heat away from the body.


Elephants sometimes hug -and greet each other - by wrapping their trunks together.


Infant elephants have few survival instincts and are instead taught by their mothers and their herd.

Tanya Puntti

One of the largest and most famous elephants of all time was this one, named Jumbo.

Louise Z. Young