A baby elephant weighs approximately 200 pounds at birth and stands around three feet tall. Baby elephants grow significantly; adult elephants reach weights between 5,000 and 14,000 pounds, and they stand up to 13 feet tall.
Pregnant female elephants carry their young for nearly two years before giving birth to either a single calf or, occasionally, twins. Each calf relies on its mother's milk for up to two years. Upon maturity, male elephants begin to roam on their own, while females typically remain in their family's herd for their entire lives. In the wild, elephants have a lifespan of up to 70 years.Learn More
The average African elephant weighs between 2.5 and 7 tons, and the average Asian elephant weighs anywhere from 2.5 to 5.5 tons. Given its size, the African elephant is the largest living land mammal on Earth.Full Answer >
The diet of an African elephant consists of roots, grasses, buds, leaves, fruits and barks. Elephants can eat up to 350 pounds of food daily.Full Answer >
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums requires that a single adult elephant is provided with 1,800 square feet of outdoor space and 400 square feet of indoor space. There is no upper limit on space; zoos are encouraged to offer as much space as possible.Full Answer >
In the wild, black rhinos live for 30 to 35 years, whereas white rhinos live for as many as 50 years. Other species of rhinos live for 30 to 40 years. Rhinos typically live longer in captivity than they do in the wild.Full Answer >