YOU KNOW THAT........
it were not for humans, elephants would probably
rate among the most successful species on Earth.
elephant family is made up of the African (Loxadonta
Africana) and the Asian (Elephas Maximus) elephant.
(Though there is a recognized subspecies of the
African, known as the Forest (Loxadonta Africana
Cyclotis) elephant found in the rainforests of the
elephant society, family herds are led by an old
grandmother known as the matriarch. She is the dominant
female, and the herd she is in charge of will probably
consist of her sisters, daughters, female cousins,
and their young offspring. A typical herd consists
of 20 to 40 females (cows) of all ages.Because elephants
live to such a great age - possibly as long as 70
years - their social ties last for decades.
main way an elephant communicates deliberately is,
as with humans, by sound. Elephant vocalizations
range from high-pitched squeaks to deep rumbles.
These deep rumbles, as much as two thirds of what
an elephant is saying, are too low for the human
ear to detect.
saying "an elephant never forgets" is
close to the truth. Elephants do have a remarkable
memory. In the wild, elephants appear to remember
for years their relationships with dozens, perhaps
hundreds, of other elephants, some of whom they
may only see occasionally. The advantages of a good
memory may explain why they have evolved such a
play such an important role in their ecosystem that,
the loss of elephants from an area would cause the
existing ecosystem to collapse. When conservationists
try to protect elephants, their work has a wider
aim as well - to save the whole ecosystem and preserve
"Elephant Web Ring site" by Denise Hargrove