What do elephants look like?
Elephants are the largest land mammals in the word at an average weight
of about 12 to 14 thousand pounds. This weight is distributed to four
squishy footpads that leave relatively dainty tracks. Their length
is about 20 to 24 feet and their shoulder height is around 10 to 13
Where in the world can you
In the wild, elephants prefer the edge between grassland and forest,
especially near rivers. They are also found in deep forests, open
savannas, wet marshes, thornbush, and semi-desert scrub.
How do elephants move?
Elephants can leisurely walk 2 to 4 miles in an hour with ease. When
running, they can outrun the fastest human sprinter at a blistering
pace of 24 miles per hour.
What do elephants eat?
In the wild, they eat plant food from all levels (root, ground, and
shrub) including high trees if their agile trunk can reach. At least
50% of their diet is from grasses which is supplemented with leaves,
twigs, roots, and small amounts of fruits, seeds, and flowers. An
adult elephant will eat 300 to 600 pounds of food a day.
Are elephants endangered
Under the Endangered Species Act, the African elephant is listed as
a threatened species and the Asian elephant is listed as an endangered
species. "Endangered" means a species is considered in danger
of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range,
and "threatened" means a species is considered in danger
of becoming endangered. This protection prohibits elephant parts and
products from being imported into the United States except under certain
What kind of behavior does
an Elephant exhibit?
The activity for this virtual zoo exhibit involves observing and recording
elephant behavior. Click on the activity tab to learn about observing