Giants of the land

Zoo zone Giants of the Land

February 20, 2002|By THE BALTIMORE ZOO

African elephants are the largest land animals. Their ears are used like fans. Their feet are soft, so the huge animals can walk almost silently. Their long trunks are used for breathing, smelling, bathing, and picking up food. Elephants also use their trunks to make a loud trumpeting noise to scare away enemies -- lions and people who hunt elephants for their ivory tusks.

what's for DINNER?

Elephants eat grasses, fruit, leaves and twigs.

do you KNOW?

What are the different elephant species?

Answer: Asian and African elephants

WILD FACTS

1. Elephants will eat up to 500 pounds of food and drink up to 40 gallons of water a day!

2. Elephants can walk faster than people, but they can not run.

learn MORE!

Visit the African elephants at the Baltimore Zoo.

Read African Elephants: Giants of the Land by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.

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