How Do Elephants Sleep?

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Because elephants must constantly be on alert for predators such as lions in the wild, they sleep standing up. Sometimes an elephant will lay down for a couple of hours, but this is usually at night. Baby elephants will lay down to sleep more often than adult elephants.
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How Do Elephants Sleep?
Elephants are the largest land mammals, but they still manage to lie down to sleep. Elephant species include the African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus), both of which sleep on their sides for long periods or cat... More »
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Adult elephants sleep standing up and usually only sleep for 3-4 hours at a time because they are always on alert. Baby elephants will sometimes lie down to sleep as will an adult elephant that is sick.
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