An African elephant’s tusks can grow up to 6 feet long. Now that’s some serious excess baggage.
I want to share the story of how the Ft. Worth Zoo has a three-generation herd, which mimics herds in the wild. Guests of the zoo have the opportunity to observe the relationships between a female and male calf and the calves between their aunt, mother and grandmother. Nothing beats watching how curious and clumsy a baby elephant is when they are discovering their world! Even better is viewing the wonderful connection between the mother and grandmother as they provide guidance and affection to the little ones.
As I am watching the Wild Kingdom crew hide gopro3s in the elephant pools to get an unusual shot of the elephants drinking water, I hear a conversation between a father and son behind me.
Dad: “Check out this elephant, buddy!
Boy (6/7 yrs.): “Cool! Where do elephants live?”
Dad: “Uhh… Afffffrica?” He says apprehensively.
Boy: “But Dad, this sign says they are from Asia. Do elephants live everywhere?”
(SILENCE. At this point, I can’t decide if I should turn around and help this dude out).
Dad: Trailing off, “Uh, well, yeah… Oh buddy! Check this out, Giraffes!”
Before I could turn around and give him elephant facts that would turn him into the legendary Marlin Perkins and blow his son’s mind, he was gone.
Parents, I am here to save the day and help you impress your mini-you with these elephant fast facts!
Image of an Asian elephant.
Since I started working as a wildlife educator in 2005, I feel I could write a book on some interesting things parents have said to answer their children’s questions. The point is, you are trying, and hopefully these five facts will make you an elephant genius to your little calf, I mean, child.