There are around 450,000 – 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 – 40,000 wild Asian elephants. The elephant population has dropped dramatically since the beginning of the 20th century. Today, sanctuaries like Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand strive to create safe zones for these gentle giants. In this video you’ll see how happy the residing herd is to welcome a new rescued calf, who is one year and nine months old. From now on he will never be lonely. Please, enjoy and SHARE this beautiful “welcome party.”
Elephants form deep family bonds. They live in matriarchal family groups of related females. A herd is led by the oldest and often largest female. It consist of 8 to 100 individuals depending on terrain. Males leave the herd when they are 12-15 years old. They either form a temporary bachelor herd, or lead solitary lives.
Tactile sensations are very important to communication in elephant society. Trunks are essential for that. Elephant’s trunk is the most versatile tool, used for breathing, smelling, touching, grasping, and producing sound. It’s probably the most amazing body part in the whole animal kingdom. It is strong and sensitive at the same time. Elephant’s trunk can lift up to 770 pounds! It contains over 40,000 muscles, divided into as many as 150,000 individual units. It also has an incredible sense of smell, it is up to four times as sensitive as a bloodhound’s. An elephant can smell water several miles away. Thanks to this awesome device, the gentle giants can walk across the riverbed, using their trunk as a snorkel. Elephant trunks actually have “fingers.” African elephants have two, that’s why they are able to grasp a single blade of grass by pinching the opposing tips of the trunk. Asian elephants only have one “finger tip,” that is the reason why they have to wrap their trunks around objects.