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Elephant Information

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Behavior

Elephants in groups have a complex social structure and have a highly sophisticated communication system. Young are cared for by the entire community, and during times of drought the group will co-operate when looking for food and water.

Elephants are particularly fond of beer and other forms of alcohol; they are known to seek out fermenting durian fruits in S.E. Asia.

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Elephants eat about 300 to 400 pounds of food a day (hay, fruits, vegetables, tree matter) and tree. They drink about 80 gallons of water a day, and may go 3 days without water while traveling between water holes.

Physical Facts

A baby elephant weighs at birth about 1200 lbs.

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Elephants go through 6 sets of teeth in their lives because their diet is so course. Usually they only have 1 set in their mouths at time. An elephant’s tusks are teeth.

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