elephant anatomy

EleFact Friday: Brain Size vs Brain Function

New year, new EleFACTS! We have spent quite a few posts talking about the elephant’s brain; not only are they large in size, but their brains are composed of more neurons than any other mammal. The African Elephant has a brain weighing in at 5 kilograms (11 lbs) and is…...

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EleFact Friday: Yearly Round-Up

If there’s anything we know for sure, it’s that working with elephants is a constant journey of learning: not only learning aspects of animals as individuals, but educating ourselves about the species as a whole in order to provide them with the best care possible. A big part of sanctuary,…...

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EleFact Friday: More on Noses and Trunks

After sharing a few observation camera videos over the last few weeks, specifically of Lady having a happy, splashing time in the rain, we received quite a few questions about the trunks of elephants, specifically how they can play in water and mud and not choke or get things stuck…...

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EleFact Friday: Extraordinary Elephant Faces

By bringing you EleFACTS every week, we get to share knowledge with our wonderful supporters about the scientific and biological aspects of elephant bodies, behaviors, and adaptations. While we consider ourselves pretty experienced in the field, we’re always learning, either from being out in the habitats with the sanctuary elephants…...

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EleFact Friday: Useful and Unique Elephant Ears

For this week’s EleFACT Friday, we’re going to talk about the appearance of an elephant’s ears and why exactly some look the way they do. Many of you have noticed that a few of the elephants here have ears that appear worn or tattered. This can happen for several reasons,…...

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EleFact Friday: Functional Fuzz

It’s EleFACT Friday, and we have some hairy ladies to talk about! We all know that Maia is our resident fuzzy head, but Guillermina has brought some fresh new hair-dos to our sanctuary family....

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