Here are some more
fascinating facts about these gentle giants.
- The elephant's ears detect sounds, close and afar.
- Outstretched ears
capture sound waves.
- Flapping ears function as a cooling system.
- The gentle breeze created by the continual
flapping movement cools the veins and reduces body
Elephants move silently across the earth on tip toes and well padded feet.
- They amble at a slow, rhythmic pace.
- They may achieve a brisk stride or even a moderate run.
- Elephants can walk from 30 to 50 kilometres a day and achieve a speed of up to 30 kilometres per hour.
Tremendous Toe Nails
- Most Sri Lankan elephants have 18 toe nails in total, some have 20.
- Clean shiny toe nails are a sign of a healthy elephant.
- Mahouts (elephant keepers) pay
special attention to their elephants' nails.
- Some elephants keep their toe nails clean by using another elephant as a platform and tend to their nails with their trunks.
- The outer section of the elephant's eye is
- The elephant's vision is limited to 25 metres.
- Their short-sightedness improves in jungle areas and is well compensated by a highly acute sense of hearing and smell.
"Kindness, gentility, tears and sadness,
old and wise,
Glints of audacity,
Smiles of conspiracy,
All live deep within