Elephants are one of the most majestic and revered animals. They're intelligent, fearsome, and unfortunately threatened. We've poached them for their skin and ivory, and destroyed their natural habitat for settlements and farmlands. This World Elephant Day, test you knowledge on these fascinating mammals. How many did you get right?
Are you elephantastic?
Elephants are the largest land-dwelling animals alive today. Did you know that other members of their order include the now-extinct mammoths and mastodons? Take our quiz to test your knowledge!Begin
Where in the world can you find wild elephants?
Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia.
Why are elephants so important?
They're all correct! Elephants uproots trees, transforming savannas into grasslands, and create clearings and gaps int he canopy that encourage tree regeneration. Via elephants' digestive tracts, seeds are dispersed in large amounts over great distances.
How are baby elephants and baby humans alike?
It's true! Baby elephants lose their first teeth and tusks just like we lose baby (or milk) teeth! Baby elephants have been known to suck their trunks just as human babies suck on their thumbs! How adorable is that?!
What is the biggest threat to elephant populations today?
Unfortunately elephant populations are threatened by all of the above. Rampant poaching to meet growing demand for ivory and elephant skin, habitat loss due to expanding human settlements, and changing access to fresh water are all causes for concern.
How heavy are newborn elephants?
Newborn elephants (calves) can weigh up to 120 kg (250 lb)! That's after they've been through a gestation period of 22 months!
What can I do to help elephants?
They're all correct answers!
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Looks like you're ELEPHANTASTIC! You know your facts, so go teach the rest of the world!
A little room for improvement
Looks like you're an ele-fan. Not quite fantastic, but a whole lot of ele-fun!
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