Elephants

Nicole Sheets

Describe the animal.

Elephants are the largest animals whom live on land. They also have the largest ears, tusks, and they are the only animal with a nose in the form of a long trunk. Due to their large brain, they are highly intelligent animals.

How is it born? How does the mother care for its young?

The mother elephant has a gestation period of 22 months. Baby elephants are referred to as calves and weigh around 200-300 pounds when they are born. Calves stay by their mother’s side for several years, surviving off of their mother’s milk.

How does it get its food? What does it eat?

Elephants use their head, tusks, and trunks to help them gather food to eat. They often eat grass, plants, trees, and shrubs. They do not eat other animals.

Where does it live?

African elephants live south of the Sahara. Asian elephants live only in southern and southeastern Asia. Asian elephants can be found in forests and jungles of China, India, Cambodia, etc.

Who are its enemies, and how does it defend itself?

The elephants greatest enemies are humans. In some instances, lions and tigers can kill baby elephants. Elephants protect themselves by sticking up its ears and charging in the direction of its enemy, possibly crushing it.