Happy EleFACT Friday! You may not think that something as small as eyelashes are much to talk about in regards to elephants, but they’re actually quite special. Not only do elephants hold the record for largest land animal, but they also take the title of longest eyelashes. Their lashes can grow up to 5 inches long and are not just for looks. Eyelashes of that length help protect the animals from dust, debris, or sand getting in the eyes. In addition to both the upper and lower eyelids, elephants have a third eyelid which moves vertically across the eye and also acts as protection when feeding, dusting, and bathing. Of the elephants here at GSE, Lady has the longest eyelashes.
Photo below is of Lady and her luxurious eyelashes.