I love elephants! But you all know that. I brag about it constantly! You know that one of the happiest days of my life was a safari in Pendjari National Park. In Benin. Where I got to see them live in their natural habitat. To read more facts about this amazing park and elephant population there click here. I have seen a lot elephants in Thailand and Cambodia.
Observing them in Benin, was a memorable experience. I made a promised. In 2014 I will spend a month. Either somewhere in Africa or Asia taking care of them! That is one of my biggest goals for 2014.
I love elephants. I love elephants. y heart melts each time I think of them.
I want to make you more familiar with how amazing, special and unique elephants are! I have created a special list of funny, interesting and amusing facts about those lovely creatures!
* Elephants cry. Play. Have incredible memories. Laugh. Elephants express grief. Compassion. Self-awareness and altruism.
* Elephants have large, thin ears. Which are made up of a complex network of blood vessels. They flap their wet ears. That egulate an elephant’s temperature. It is the coolest and cutest cooling system in this world!
* Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild. Zoos don’t feed them to elephants. That is it. Sorry if you are disappointed :)
* Elephants are social creatures. They sometimes “hug” by wrapping their trunks together! This way they displays greeting and affection.
* Elephants purr like cats do. As a means of communication. Seriously? I know! lol
* Asian elephants don’t run. Running requires lifting all four feet at once. Elephants filmed in Thailand always kept two on the ground at all times.
* Elephants use their feet to listen. They can pick up sub-sonic rumblings made by other elephants. Through vibrations in the ground. Elephants are observed listening by putting trunks on the ground. And carefully positioning their feet. How cool is that?! They hear with their feet. And cool down their bodies with ears! LOL
* Elephants have a slow pulse rate of 27. It is quiet shocking for such a huge mammal! For a canary it is 1000!
* Elephants are the only mammals in the world that can’t jump! That would be simply too cool!
* Elephants can get sunburned. They take care to protect themselves. Elephants will throw sand on their backs. And on their head to protect their skin. Which is super sensitive. They can feel a fly landing on it.
* The elephant’s closest living relative is the rock hyrax. A small furry mammal that lives in rocky landscapes. Across sub-Saharan Africa and along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Mother Nature is unbelievable!
But there is one very important fact about elephants. We all tend to forget. Close our eyes. Conversation status of those animals is Vulnerable for African. And Endangered for Asian elephants!
The elephants are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List!!!
Elephants, because of their size, are the first animals to feel the impact of growing human populations. Unlucky for those amazing mammals Asia is a region with the highest density in the world.
Luckily amazing people at Save Elephant Foundation come to rescue. They are focused on providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population. A multifaceted approach involving local community outreach. Rescue. Rehabilitation programs. And educational ecotourism operations.
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert is one of the most amazing women in the world. A founder of Save Elephant Foundation. She dedicates her life and time to the ‘big fight’. That affects others to help! To find out more about Lek please check out the foundation page. Or read this great interview with her on Green Global Travel.
Except visiting Foundation’s website and supporting them on Facebook. You can help us Travel Blogging Calendar - Travel Bloggers Helping Abused Asian Elephants in Thailand to give back! To the communities who have nurtured so many travelers on their journeys by donating. All the collected founds will go to the Save Elephant Foundation which runs the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.
When you donate to this wonderful cause, you are entered into a raffle. The winner will be selected in March of 2014. That person will have a $3,300 holiday to Thailand! To read more about Prize click here.
So do no wait! Help my beloved elephants and DONATE TODAY!
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