What is a group of elephants called?
Credit:epSos .deCC-BY-2.0
Q:

What is a group of elephants called?

A:

Quick Answer

A group of elephants is called a herd or a parade. The phrase "herd of elephants" is more commonly used than the more fanciful phrase "a parade of elephants."

 Know More

Full Answer

Elephants are large four-legged land mammals that live in Africa and Asia. Elephants have large bulky bodies with large ears and a long trunk on their heads. Elephants use their prominent trunks to suck up water and then spray it into their mouths. Elephants also use their trunks for lifting food and other objects. Elephants have thick grey skin, which they often cover in dirt and mud to protect them from the blistering heat. Elephants are herbivores, and a single elephant is capable of eating over 800 pounds of food a day.

Learn more about Elephants

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are elephant tusks made of?

    A:

    The visible ivory tusks on elephants are made primarily of dentine and include small amounts of enamel. Tusk length varies among African and Asian elephants and is hereditary. The upper incisors may grow to 10 feet or more.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why do people hunt elephants?

    A:

    People hunt elephants to get their valuable ivory tusks. The elephant tusks are used for decoration, jewelry and to create statues. Elephants use the tusks as potential weapons against predators, such as tigers and lions, and in battling other elephants.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are elephants so big?

    A:

    Elephants evolved to their current size over the course of tens of millions of years; this size adaptation is likely a survival mechanism because a full-sized, adult elephant faces very little threat from predators, though baby elephants are much more vulnerable to predation from big cats such as lions and wild dogs. There have been cases in which adult elephants have fallen victim to attack from big cats, but these cases are rare. The elephant is the largest known land animal, but scientists believe that this massive mammal evolved from a creature that is roughly the size of a small rodent.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do elephants move?

    A:

    When elephants walk, each of their legs functions independently, according to John Hutchinson of London's Royal Veterinary College. Elephants position their legs directly under their bodies to support their extreme weight.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore