Q:

Why do elephants have big ears?

A:

Quick Answer

Elephants have big ears to help radiate heat and keep them cool. When elephants flap their wet ears, they cool the blood flowing through the numerous blood vessels in their ears. This helps cool their large bodies.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Elephants use their ears along with their feet and trunks to hear sounds over long distances. Elephants can hear another elephant's call from as far as six miles away, and they can judge how far away the other elephant is from the pitch of the call. Elephants also use their ears for visual communication. An elephant flapping its ears is a sign of joy or aggression.

Learn more about Elephants

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some facts about the pygmy elephant?

    A:

    Pygmy elephants are the smallest of the elephant species and are believed to be the remaining relatives of a herd once belonging to royalty. These small elephants are also called Borneo pygmy elephants because they live exclusively in Borneo, which is the largest island in Asia.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do elephants live?

    A:

    There are two species of elephants: the Asian elephant, which lives in south and southeast Asia, and the African elephant, which lives in sub-Saharan Africa. The can be found living in the tropical forests, woodlands and savannahs of these regions.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are elephant tusks made of?

    A:

    The visible ivory tusks on elephants are made primarily of dentine and include small amounts of enamel. Tusk length varies among African and Asian elephants and is hereditary. The upper incisors may grow to 10 feet or more.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some interesting facts about elephants?

    A:

    According to the Smithsonian Institution, African elephants are the biggest land mammals in the world. Contrary to popular belief, wild and captive elephants do not eat peanuts. Elephants protect their skin from sunburn and insects by dusting their bodies with sand. Female elephants live in groups of up to 15. Male elephants leave the groups by the age of 15, after which they live and travel in all-male groups.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore