elephant anatomy

EleFact Friday: Healthy Elephant Backs

If you are a longtime follower of Global Sanctuary for Elephants, or just a supporter of elephants in general, you are probably aware of the concept of elephant tourism. More specifically, you are probably familiar with (and disheartened by) the idea that elephants should be used to give leisure rides…...

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EleFact Friday: Senses and Communication

In past EleFACTs, we have shared extensively about the ability of elephants to use their five senses in their day-to-day lives, sometimes in remarkable ways. From their dichromatic vision, to their impressive sense of hearing, to their use of touch to communicate or use tools, we have covered many aspects…...

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EleFact Friday: The Elephant Walk

When sharing videos of the sanctuary residents, we often receive questions about their gaits, particularly about Rana and Mara. You may have noticed that Mara has an old permanent injury to her right front wrist, affecting her walk, and Rana has a fused elbow from a childhood injury which makes…...

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EleFact Friday: More on the Elephant Heart

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we want to dedicate today’s EleFACT to a subject we’ve touched on before: the mighty elephant heart. ...

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EleFact Friday: The Persistence of Memory

It’s EleFACT Friday, and you may remember that we’ve touched on the amazing elephant memory a few times before. Recent reports show that the memory of an elephant may be more important than we previously believed – and it may help them survive. ...

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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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