Fun Facts to Celebrate National Elephant Day

Aug 12, 2016 | 2 comments

Happy National Elephant Day! I can’t see an elephant these days without thinking of my mom; she loves elephants. I remember so many nights sitting around the house with my mom watching Discovery Channel or National Geographic specials about Asian and African Elephants (did you know a major difference in those elephants is the size of their ears?). 

Now, I keep a little gold elephant on my desk at work to remind me of my mom. I also have a little yellow block with the words “You are my Sunshine” printed on it to remind me of my dad (that story is for another day). Right now, it’s all about my mom and the elephants because it’s National Elephant Day! Whoop!

When we went to Zoo Atlanta a few weeks ago the elephant there was painting a picture with her trunk. It was so cool to see her dip the brush in the paint color then spread it on the canvas. I’m not sure if Zoo Atlanta sells those pictures or not, I should have asked, that would have been such a cool gift for my mom. Oops! Next time I get up there I’ll have to ask them that and snag one for her new house. 

Dottie the Elephant paints a canvas at Zoo Atlanta

She’s planning to come for a visit at the end of the month and I’m on the hunt for a gift for her. I love to have a small gift waiting for our guests in our guest room whenever anyone comes for a visit. Sometimes it’s something small like special body wash and lotions in the guest bath. Sometimes it’s something more like a bottle of wine or new pajamas. It all depends on who it is. 

Since it’s my mom coming for a visit, and she’ll be here just a few weeks after National Elephant Day, I’m on the hunt for a elephant-related gift for her. 

First, here are a few fun facts about elephants for National Elephant Day:

  • An elephant can live up to 70 years
  • The African Elephant is the largest of all land mammals
  • Elephants can eat as much as 300-495 pounds of food per day
  • Elephants can give birth every three to four years. Gestation period is almost two years. Babies are roughly 250 pounds when born
  • Elephants walk at a pace approximately 4 miles per hour
  • Elephants do not have sweat glands.

Now, let’s shop Elephants!

So, Happy National Elephant Day!

If you have time today head out to the zoo, watch a Discovery channel special, or make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect the world’s national wildlife and habitats.

Fun Facts for National Elephant Day