12 Fun Facts about Elephants

Despite the unusual material, Aliya’s elephant dung paper is one of the cleanest paper sources you can use. Boiled and sanitized, Aliya’s Dung Paper uses the undigested plant fibres, in combination with recycled paper, in order to make pulp. And from there, the process of creating paper continues as any normal production would. Our paper is acid and chlorine free, 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly. Elephant dung paper is used to make our journals, notepads, calendars and many more products you can purchase right on our website. A portion of all dung paper sales is donated to Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), where our founder volunteered to work with elephants before Aliya Dung Paper was born. MEF works to provide a better, higher quality of life for elephants. If you’d like to learn more about the largest land animals of the planet, then here are 12 fun facts about elephants that will make you fall in love with them just as we have.

  1. The word elephant was derived from the Greek word ‘elephas,’ which translates to ‘ivory.’
  2. There are only two species of elephants left. The Asian elephant, which can stand between seven and ten feet tall, and weigh 4,500 to 11,000 lbs. And the African elephant, who stands between eight and thirteen feet tall, weighing in at 5,000 to 14,000 lbs. While there are many subspecies that belong to both these groups, the African elephant is always the largest of the two.
  3. African elephants can be identified by their ears, for if they stretch them out, their ears form the shape of the African continent.
  4. As herbivores, an adult elephant can eat 300 pounds of grass, roots, fruit and bark a day.
  5. Groups of elephants, called herds, are lead by females known as the matriarchs. The matriarchs stick with younger and older elephants, all female, while the males wander off on their own.
  6. Elephants abide by certain rules. For example, when they’re meeting each other, they expect the other elephant to extend their trunk as a greeting.
  7. The female elephant, known as cows, will be pregnant for up to 22 months (longer than any other land animal). Their newborns can weigh more than 200 pounds and stand at three feet tall.
  8. African Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild, while Asian elephants live up to 50. The oldest elephant recorded survived from 1913 to 2003. That’s 86 years!
  9. The largest elephant ever recorded was of African species in 1956. It stood at 13 feet tall and weighed 24,000 lbs before it was shot and killed in Angola.
  10. An elephant’s trunk has more than 100,000 muscles. It’s their most important limb, sensitive enough to pick a single blade of grass while being strong enough to rip branches from a tree.
  11. Elephants can be right-tusked or left-tusked the same way humans are right or left handed. An elephant’s dominant tusk is easily identified by the wear and tear of it.
  12. Sadly, elephants can’t jump! Their legs are just too slender to force their bodies upward.

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