Some interesting facts
🐘 A female elephant is called a cow, a male elephant is called a bull and a baby elephant is called a calf.
🐘 Did you know that most female elephants in Thailand do not have tusks? and if they do they are very small. Most male elephants do not have tusks either; less than 10% will have tusks.
🐘 Did you know that the female elephant is pregnant for around 22 months? Her baby will be about 90kg (200lbs) and one metre (3 feet) tall at birth.
🐘 The male adult elephants go through something called “musth” every year, this is the only time he can mate. Depending on the elephant, he can remain in this state for several days or sometimes, several months. The musth glands are located on the sides of the face and produce a liquid and at the same time, the male elephant’s testosterone levels increase substantially. Not only does the elephant bull want to go in search of a receptive female but, he also becomes aggressive with other elephants.
🐘 Elephants usually spend 12 to 18 hours a day foraging for food. They like to eat different grasses, bamboo, twigs, bark, foliage, pumpkin, cucumbers, pineapples, watermelon and of course bananas. The adults eat about 300kgs (660lbs) of food every day.
🐘 Do you know that elephants have good memories ? This is to remember the places they found good food and water. It is also believed that elephants can remember if someone has been cruel to them but this also means they can remember someone’s kindness.
🐘 Here in Thailand, elephants in captivity can live up to 60 years but in the wild here, this is between 30 and 60 years.