In the beginning, God created elephants. African elephants are the
largest land animals. The bulls can stand 13 feet tall and weigh
How these large animals communicate has been for the most part
unknown until recently, for although they trumpet and use body
language, the majority of their sounds are below the human hearing
range. It is now known that elephants have over 25 different calls in
infrasound, meaning below sound. Because of their poor eyesight, God
made the elephants to rely on the sound of their voices to recognize
one another, even members of another herd.
Large ears are very important on the African savannah where elephants
use them for hearing, but also to cool off. One way they use to cool
off is to flap their ears to make a good breeze.
God made African elephants with wrinkly skin which is also helpful
for keeping cool. When elephants shower water over themselves, the
wrinkles trap the water, and as the water slowly evaporates, it cools
An elephant’s trunk is amazing. It has no bones, and over 100,000
muscles units, making the trunk very flexible and also very strong.
African elephants have two fingers on the end of their trunk and they
use these fingers like a hand. Elephants are extremely coordinated
with their trunks and are also very gentle; gentle enough to pick up
and eggshell without crushing it.
Another interesting feature that God gave elephants is their tusks.
Tusks are actually huge teeth and they are the biggest teeth ever
found. They are usually about 6 feet long and 50 pounds; the longest
tusk ever found was 11.5 feet long and the heaviest was 259 pounds.
Elephants tusks are called incisors, and they can lift up to 2,000
pounds with them. Elephants grow 6 sets of four huge molars in their
lifetime. When the last set wears out, the elephant starves to death,
usually at the age of 60 or 70.
Such a large animal as the elephant has to eat a lot; about 300
pounds of vegetation and 50 gallons of water per day. In fact,
elephants spend about 20 hours per day eating.
Elephants live in herds that usually consist of 5-20 members. The
oldest female elephant is the herd leader, called the matriarch. She
would have the best memory of where to find food and water. Herds of
elephants are all females and are usually all related
Family bonds between elephants are very strong, especially between
mother and daughters. When an elephant is dying, the other herd
members will gather around and bring it food and water and sometimes
they even try to lift it to its feet with their trunks. Once it dies,
the others will cover its body with sticks and leaves. Sometimes the
dead elephants closest relatives will refuse to leave for several
days, even after the rest of the herd has gone.
Elephants are known to be extremely smart and both their physical
features and their mental capabilities show design. These animal have
quite obviously been created by the creator of all things.