1024px-african_elephant_warning_raised_trunkThe latest Zoobooks animal is an old favorite: elephants! But even though they’re popular animals, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new to learn about them. Check out these fun facts!

  1. An elephant’s trunk is both its nose and its upper lip.
  2. Elephants live in matrilineal groups, led by the oldest female.
  3. Newborn elephants weigh in around 260 pounds.
  4. Elephants are very smart animals—they’re able to recognize themselves in mirrors. That’s a skill that only a few other animals, like some dolphins and apes, have.
  5. Elephants can’t jump.
  6. An elephant’s tusks are teeth—specifically, incisors, like our “big front teeth.”
  7. When elephants swim, they use their tusks as snorkels.

Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim.

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