Happy EleFACT Friday! Every week, we’ll be sharing interesting and educational facts about the species that we all know and love. We hope that we can help you learn something new about not only the girls in our sanctuary, but elephants around the world.
The elephant’s closest living relative is the Rock Hyrax, also called a rock rabbit or a dassie. You may be wondering how a creature that resembles a guinea pig is Bambi or Maia’s closest cousin. Like elephants, hyraxes also have tusks growing from their incisor teeth. In other mammalian species, tusks grow from the canines. Hyraxes also have flattened hoof-like nails like elephants do on the tips of their toes rather than the curved claws seen on other mammals.