elephant anatomy

EleFact Friday: Thick Skin Can Be Cool

Did you know that ‘pachyderm’ is Greek for ‘thick skin’? We’ve shared about the impressive capabilities of elephant skin through several different EleFacts and, as seasons change here at the sanctuary, we occasionally get asked about how the residents manage to keep cool when their skin is so thick. ...

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EleFact Friday: Osteoarthritis in Elephants

We recently shared that Bambi is experiencing some stiffness in her leg and received a few questions about how joint issues in elephants compare to other species, and even humans. In previous EleFacts, we’ve talked about the anatomy behind elephant limbs: their bodies are designed to withstand long periods of…...

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EleFact Friday: How Essential Are Trunks?

In last week’s EleFact, we spent time looking at the incredible capabilities of elephant trunks and received an interesting question: in situations where elephants unfortunately lose their trunks or their abilities to use them properly, how do they adapt? Today we’ll be tackling this and taking a closer look. ...

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EleFact Friday: Trunk Anatomy

Happy EleFact Friday! You know we love every opportunity to examine the fascinating and miraculous anatomy of our favorite species, and today we’re going to take a closer look at the amazing elephant trunk. The most complex musculature of its kind in the animal world has been recently found to…...

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EleFact Friday: Staying Upright

It is no secret that elephants are one of the largest animals, coming in just behind several species of whales when it comes to size comparison. But with their large size comes some interesting anatomical aspects that help them maintain balance, strength, and overall health. ...

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EleFact Friday: Measuring Elephant Body Conditions

We recently shared an updated photo of Guillermina comparing her weight and overall appearance when she arrived at the sanctuary and now. Many of you were thrilled with her progress and supportive of her journey, although some people voiced their concerns over several of our elephants looking “too thin.” In…...

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