Elephants and children

Elephants are fascinating creatures to children. They are the largest land mammal in the world: they can grow up to 11 feet tall. Elephants use their giant ears to cool off by flapping them. Their also have long tusks which can grow up to 10 feet long. They are also distinctive by their trunk. They use their trunk for many purposes: to pick up food as small as a blade of grass, but also to pull down tree branches to get to food. Elephants also use their trunk in fun ways too: to suck up water to spray themselves for a bath.

They have no natural animal predators making them for us big friendly giants. Elephants are herbivores meaning they only eat grass, shurbs and vegetables but no meat. In fact, to meet their apetite they need to spend 16 hours a day eating. As well grass elephants also need to drink up to 40 gallons of water everyday. Unlike humans they only need to sleep for about 2 hours per day. Water also has other attractions to elephants: they like to swim. Like humans they can live for a very long time - longer than many other animals. They can live for up to 60-70 years.
Share your love of elephants with a gift for your children.