World Elephant Day is celebrated on August 12th to spread awareness about the importance of the conservation of elephants across the world. Unfortunately, threats like poaching, habitat loss, and mistreatment in captivity are pushing these gentle giants to extinction. Please go through some important facts about elephants.
They live in tight matriarchal family groups of related females. Herds can be of 8 to 100 elephants. Males leave the herd at age 9-10 years and live solitary lives joining with the herds occasionally or with small groups of other males called bachelor herds.
Female elephants live in family groups and help care for each other’s calves. Aunts will help their sisters’ calves if they get stuck in the mud, swat them with their tails, shade them from the hot sun, and protect them from danger.
An elephant herd is considered one of the most closely knit societies of any animal and a female will only leave it if she dies or is captured by humans.