Animal Spotlight: Elephants

Elephants are some of the most interesting animals on the planet. The elephant is the largest land mammal in the world but in terms of interesting facts, that’s only the beginning. Elephants are among the most social animals on the planet and their emotional makeup is incredibly similar to that of humans. Here are some more incredible facts about elephants.

Elephants really do have an amazing memory.

We’ve all heard about elephants and their memories but is it really that impressive?  The truth is, elephants’ memories really are as impressive as they say. It’s been proven that elephants can find their way back to watering holes that they haven’t seen in many years. While we can’t get 100% confirmation from the animals regarding their memories, plenty of examples can be cited whereby it’s fairly evident that two elephants recognize each other after being apart for many years. It’s not just other elephants that these animals can remember, either. There are also many examples of elephants remembering human faces, too—both for good and bad reasons.

Elephants can communicate using their feet.

Elephants are remarkable communicators. They use their trunks to trumpet and roar, which can be heard by other elephants miles away. More impressive is how elephants can use their feet to communicate. The animals will stop around in specific patterns, and other elephants can pick up on the vibrations at distances of more than 5 miles. This helps the animals protect themselves from predators, share the location of water sources and keep track of their family members.

Elephants pay respects to their dead.

One of the most interesting facts about elephants is that they will actually pay respects to the remains of other dead elephants. They have been observed during long treks to actually slow down and stop whenever they come across the bones of other elephants. They’ll then caress the bones with their trunks and feet before moving on. They don’t do this for any other type of animal remains. Some animals have even been observed kicking dirt and debris over exposed remains in what seems to be an act of burial.