Kariega Game Reserve is a paradise for African elephants and our safari guests and rangers experience many memorable moments with these gentle giants – as is depicted in this series of five fascinating facts and photographs.
Five Fascinating Elephant Photos and Facts
1. A newborn human baby weighs around three kilograms (7 lbs) and takes 12-18 months to learn to walk. A newborn elephant weighs up to 120 kg (260 lbs) and walks a few hours after it is born.
2. The trunk is the elephants most important and useful body part. It is able to sensitively pick up a single blade of grass or rip a branch off a tree with a brute force.
3. Elephants spray themselves with dust to protect their skin from the sun. Ideally they like to swim first and then spray themselves with dust to form a muddy crust.
4. An elephant's tusks are modified incisor teeth. An adult males tusks will grow about 20 cm (7 inches) a year. They are used to dig, debark, clear paths and fight if necessary.
5. Elephants are intelligent and can show human-like behaviour and emotions including grief, compassion, affection and playfulness.
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With thanks to Kariega guests and field guides for the photographs: Guest Hannah Morrison, Urban Madison, Kelly Valentine Johnsen, Brendon Jennings