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How do elephants protect themselves?

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Elephants use their trunks and their tusks to protect themselves from predators. They also use loud noises to scare away threats.

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How do elephants protect themselves?
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Adult elephants have very few predators, except humans, due to their massive size and superior strength. Humans poach the massive animals for their ivory tusks, which are very valuable in some cultures. Young elephants are preyed upon by crocodiles and other larger animals.

Elephants can grow to sizes of 6 tons, which is equal to around 12,000 pounds. Fully grown, they can reach shoulder heights of 12 feet, making them one of the largest animals in the world along with whales.

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    Why do people hunt elephants?

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    People hunt elephants to get their valuable ivory tusks. The elephant tusks are used for decoration, jewelry and to create statues. Elephants use the tusks as potential weapons against predators, such as tigers and lions, and in battling other elephants.

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    What is some good elephant information for kids?

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    Characterized by their long trunks and large ears, elephants are the largest land-living mammals in the world. There are two types of elephants: African and Asian elephants. Elephants have no natural predators; human development and poachers present the largest threats to the elephant population.

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    Why are elephants so big?

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    Elephants evolved to their current size over the course of tens of millions of years; this size adaptation is likely a survival mechanism because a full-sized, adult elephant faces very little threat from predators, though baby elephants are much more vulnerable to predation from big cats such as lions and wild dogs. There have been cases in which adult elephants have fallen victim to attack from big cats, but these cases are rare. The elephant is the largest known land animal, but scientists believe that this massive mammal evolved from a creature that is roughly the size of a small rodent.

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    Where do elephants fit into the food web?

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    Adult elephants have no natural predators but calves are killed by lions, tigers and hyenas. Elephants eat leaves, roots, bark, grasses and fruit. They can have considerable impact on local environments.

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