Do elephants migrate?


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Elephants migrate seasonally to search for food, water and mates. Some herds travel hundreds of miles when nearby waterholes are dry. Elephants usually travel between 6 and 12 miles per day.

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Do elephants migrate?
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The African elephant is the largest animal on Earth, standing approximately 13 feet at the shoulder and weighing up to 14,000 pounds. The Asian elephant is a slightly smaller relative identified by its comparatively shorter, rounder ears. The prehensile trunk of an elephant is a highly developed nose that contains over 100,000 muscles. It is used for breathing, smelling, drinking, trumpeting and grabbing. An elephant's ivory tusks are used for digging and scraping bark; males may use them for fighting.

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