FAQ

  1. How many different types of elephants are there?

Elephants are large terrestrial mammals belonging to the family Elephantidae within the order Proboscidea. The closest extant relatives of elephants are the dugongs, the manatees, and the hyraxes. Two distinct types of elephants were recognized, the African elephant (Loxodonta) and the Asian elephant (Elephas). In 1942, the African elephants were classified into 18 subspecies, but genetic studies later recognized only two subspecies, the savannah elephant (L. a. africana) and the forest elephant (L. a. cyclotis). However, another major change in the classification of elephants came in the 21st century when DNA studies revealed that these two subspecies qualified to be treated as separate species. However, there are still debates regarding the classification of the African elephants into species and subspecies, and while some wildlife bodies recognize the bush and forest elephants as separate species, others recognize them as subspecies of the African elephant.

Asian elephants are found in South Asia and South-east Asia, and there are three types of elephants in this species: the Sri Lankan elephant, the Indian elephant, and the Sumatran elephant. Some studies also classify the Bornean elephant as a distinct sub-species.

 

2. What is the average weight of an elephant?

Well that depends on the type.

African Bush Elephant are 13,000 lbs,  Asian Elephant are 12,000 lbs, African Forest Elephant are 6,000 lbs.

Baby Elephants weigh: At birth, an African newborn elephant weighs around 300 lb. An Asian newborn elephant weighs around 200 pounds.

3. How long do Elephants sleep?

Wild elephants average just 2 hours of sleep a night, making them the lightest-known snoozers of any mammal. Previous studies have looked at such habits in captive elephants, which sleep for 3 to 7 hours a day.

4. How much do Elephants eat and drink in a day?

Elephants may spend 12-18 hours a day feeding. Adult elephants can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day. As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily. Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day about as much as a standard bathtub holds.

5. How long do Baby Elephants stay with their Mother?

For the first two to three years of life, baby elephants are utterly dependent on their mothers for feeding. After age two, when a calf starts to eat on its own, the mother’s milk remains a critical part of its diet. (Eating, incidentally, along with resting and travelling, account for most of a young elephant’s day.)

6 What are Baby Elephants Called?

baby elephant is called a Calf.Female elephants are called Cows and males arecalled Bulls. Originally Answered: What is a name for a baby elephant? It is called a calf, regardless of gender.