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EleFact Friday – Male Elephants Are Often Misunderstood

For EleFACT Friday today, we’re busting a myth that you may have heard before. It’s been said that male elephants are loner animals who prefer solitude and are generally anti-social, even aggressive. However, that is not necessarily accurate....

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EleFact Friday: Through the Eyes of an Elephant

We’re back for EleFACT Friday, and today is all about eyes. In the elephant’s retina, there are cones that specifically perceive red hues and others for green. This is referred to as “dichromatic” vision. In human eyes, there are cones for red, blue, and green, making us “trichromatic.” It has…...

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EleFact Friday: Jacobson’s Organ

Happy EleFACT Friday! Have you heard of the Jacobson’s organ? Named after Ludwig Jacobson, it is also known as the vomeronasal organ or VNO and helps elephants in pheromone detection. Other mammals, reptiles, and amphibians also have one. When elephants can’t collect all the information they need about something through…...

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EleFact Friday: More Tooth Talk

Today we have more tooth talk for EleFACT Friday. Elephants have hypsodont teeth, which are high-crowned and extend unusually far above the gumline. Teeth like this provide plenty of extra tooth material to combat the wear and tear that comes from abrasive substances that the elephants chew on. Their teeth…...

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EleFact Friday: Molars in Motion

It’s EleFACT Friday, and today we’re talking about teeth! Elephants differ from many other species of animals in the fact that they don’t have real tooth sockets. As molars are formed and worn down over time, the tooth itself passes through the jaw from back to front, in a conveyor…...

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EleFact Friday: Lashes on Guard

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…...

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