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9 Reasons To Celebrate Elephants

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Did you know today is World Elephant Day?

Ahead the big day to celebrate all that we love about the species and raise awareness of their plight, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust we're having a countdown of our top reasons to love elephants.

9. They've developed their own skin care routine

Many of us may panic about getting wrinkles, but elephants are born with them. Nonetheless, they do get sunburnt and have to protect their skin by throwing mud and sand over themselves. For the younger orphans, we cover their delicate skin with sun cream or shade it with an umbrella!

8. They use their trunks as snorkels

It turns out that as well as being pretty graceful swimmers, elephants use their trunks as a snorkel in deep water! Here, Ashaka learns how to use hers in shallower depths...

7. An elephant's footprint serves as a water trough after the rains for smaller animals

In fact, whole ecosystems including plants, trees and other animals are dependent on elephants for their survival.

6. They're among the most social mammals around

Elephants form extremely strong social bonds and love nothing more than a reassuring touch. But they have their own shared language which we can't hear. Imagine what they might be saying!

5. An elephant can run up to a super speedy 30 km/hour

And while the orphaned elephants in our care might not reach that speed, they try when it's for their milk!

4. Their ears are the shape of Africa

Did you know African elephants have much bigger ears than an Asian elephants. But as well as using their ears to signal if their alarmed or angry, flapping them also cools them down!

3. They're matriarchal

Herds for life, it's the females that rule the roost in elephant herds, which are comprised of several generations of female relatives (aunts, sisters and cousins).

2. Elephants can be left handed

... or rather "left-tusked." Elephants have a preferred tusk for digging up earth and uprooting trees and will only use the other if their tusk-of-choice becomes severely injured.

1. They protect the vulnerable

When threatened, an elephant herd will form a circle, enclosing the most vulnerable - the elderly, the sick, the young - on the inside.

As we celebrate our love for elephants today, on World Elephant Day, it's important to recognise elephants are a species under serious threat.

We're doing all we can to protect the vulnerable – orphaned, injured and threatened by poaching and you can help too.

Find out more at www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/WED