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EleFact Friday: Sense of Smell

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.

Comments(7)

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    Barb says

    Thank you Rana for the close up! You have made my EleFact day! Looking forward to next Friday!

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    Alejandra Enquin says

    Muy interesante.Son perfectos los elefantes.Inteligentisimos y muy sensibles! Hermosa Rana💚⚘🐘

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    Wim says

    Wonderful picture. Interesting story once more.
    Smell does make everything complete. 🙏🌼

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    Bill Simpson says

    Love the facts of elephants sense of smell.

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    SHEILA says

    HI SWEET RANA❤️🐘. VERY LOVELY NOSE YOU HAVE, LOOKS VERY HEALTHY! IM SURE. UR NOSE IS STILL WORKING GREAT! THANKS👍 FOR THE UP UR NOSE LOOK DEAR RANA👍

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    Sallie says

    Rana, you look FAB! Love the subtle tone of your nostril gloss! I bet your ability to sniff up only the best aromas is top notch, and can be savored for hours! I have a lovely yet subtle cologne that I know you would adore! A bit grassy, with a top note of watermelon!

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    Carol from BC, Canada says

    Turbinals! YESSSS… Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, I look forward to, and enjoy greatly, every post I get from GSEB. I love the grrrrls with all my heart, all the staff there for taking care of them – plus all the hangers-on, LOL. And the pic of Rana’s lovely nose; well, that just made my entire weekend. xoxoxo!!!

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