An adult male elephant is referred to as a bull while an adult female elephant is called a cow. A group of elephants is called a herd.
Much like humans, the average mother elephant has only one baby at a time. Elephants hold the record for the longest gestation period; from conception until birth, an elephant pregnancy lasts for 22 months.
Elephants are the largest of all land mammals and typically live for up to 70 years. While elephants only walk about four miles per hour, they are capable of swimming long distances. The elephant is a herbivore that spends about 16 hours per day eating and eats approximately 495 pounds of food every day.Learn more about Elephants
An elephant is pregnant for up to two years before giving birth, the longest gestation period of any mammal. Elephants are the largest living and largest-brained land animal in the world, and a long development is needed for elephants in the womb.Full Answer >
The size of an elephant depends on the elephant's age, gender and type; the largest elephant was an adult male African elephant who weighed approximately 24,000 pounds and stood 13 feet tall at the shoulder. Most African elephants stand from 8.2 to 13 feet tall at the shoulder.Full Answer >
The average gestation period for an elephant is approximately 22 months. Just like with humans, this is not a hard and fast rule. One elephant was pregnant for a total of 700 days — just shy of 2 years — before giving birth.Full Answer >
A young elephant is called a calf. Adulthood doesn't begin until the calf, whether male or female, reaches 18 years of age. Beyond that, an elephant's expected lifespan is between 60 to 70 years.Full Answer >