It’s another week of eleFACT Friday! You may already know that elephants have an incredible sense of smell, which is advanced enough to detect water sources up to 12 miles away. Scents go through the nostrils, which are located at the tip of the trunk, and then travel through a series of seven olfactory bones called turbinals. These turbinals have millions of olfactory receptor cells and can assist the elephant in tracking, memory, and their sense of direction. Bambi is very nose oriented and lifts her trunk to smell what is going around her constantly. With her compromised vision, she most likely relies more heavily on her other senses.
The photo below is of Rana, giving you an up close and personal look into her trunk.