There are two species of elephant: African and Asian.
Adult elephants cannot jump.
Elephants have a very high rate of cancer.
Elephants have a VERY low cancer rate. Recent research in elephants has discovered a gene that actually kills off cancer cells.
All elephants have 5 toes on each foot and each toe has a toenail.
All elephants DO have 5 toes on each foot but not every toe has a toenail. The number of toenails differs with species.
Most elephants can only give birth to one calf at a time-twins are extremely rare.
Elephants have an excellent sense of smell and hearing but bad eyesight.
The heart of an adult elephant weighs between 40-60 pounds and beats about 30 times per minute.
It takes about two years from conception for a female elephant to give birth.
In both African and Asian elephant species, only the males grow tusks.
Female and male African elephants have tusks, but only the male Asian elephants have tusks.
An elephants brain weighs about 11 pounds-larger than any other animal in the world.
The sperm whale has a brain that weighs about 18 pounds...
Asian elephants are slightly LARGER than African elephants.
African elephants are usually around 10 feet tall and weigh up to 16,000 pounds, Asian elephants weigh up to 13,000 pounds.
The average life span for an elephant in the wild is from 120 to 150 years.
The average life span for an elephant in the wild is from 50 to 70 years.