The Science of Elephants
"Elephants use their trunks not only to reach food but also to sniff and touch it. With their unparalleled sense of smell, the animals know exactly what they are going for. Vision is secondary." -Frans de Waal, Dutch Primatologist/Ethologist.
Photo by Valerie Baron
An Elephant's FANTASTIC Sense of Smell
Elephants have a fantastic sense of smell. They have more than two thousand genes dedicated to scent alone. Compare that to a human's measly four hundred, or a dog which has about one thousand.
Elephants have one of the most complex olfactory systems in the entire animal kindgom and we, for one, are fascinated by this.
Find out why ...
We know that elephants are able to communicate over very long distances, but just how far is still a mystery. In 1984 Dr. Katy Payne was studying elephant's at the Oregon Zoo when she stumbled onto something incredible.
For many years Dr. Payne and her ex-husband Roger, had studied infrasonic communication between whales. These low frequency sound waves are what allowed whales to communicate with one another, even if they were several miles apart ...
Elephants can communicate over six miles using above ground infrasonic communication but how far do you think they can "hear" through their feet? The answer will likely knock you off yours ...
Ivory can ONLY come from a dead elephant
For the Love of Ivory
What is ivory used for? Why is this still an issue? Aren't there laws making this illegal? You'd be surprised to find out how easy it actually is to buy, sell, and trade ivory ... in the United States.
The United States is #2 (behind China and not by much either) in the world for illegal wildlife trafficking, including ivory.
If we stop the trade in the US we could effectively knock the teeth out of the entire worldwide market.
The Age of Elephants
What many may not realize is that an elephant matures at nearly the same rate as a human.
Even more fascinating is that an elephant's ability to comprehend information is also quite similar to that of a human at the same age ...
Elephants are part diurnal and part nocturnal, meaning they can see about the same in both day and night
A Sight to Behold
- Elephant Vision -
The colors that an elephant can see are similar to what a color-blind human can.
Elephants can also distinguish between several different colors and will go to great lengths to avoid people who wear certain colors if those people have ever harmed them before.
Don't worry we've got you covered!
We are so fascinated by the magic of elephants that we decided to write a book about even more cool fun facts called ...
The Magic of Elephants
Due in bookstores in the Spring of 2020.
And the best part? ALL proceeds will go back to The KOTA Foundation for Elephants!
Stay tuned ... we'll have more on this soon!