Tusks and Trunks: Amazing True Facts About Elephants

Elephants are the largest living land animals on the planet. With a biological classification of “pachyderm” (a very large mammal with thick skin), these majestic creatures exist naturally in Africa and Asia. Most of us have seen elephants in zoos or at the circus, but how much do you really know about them? Here are 20 amazing facts about elephants.

Elephant tusks never stop growing

Elephants tusks never stop growing, so some very old bulls have huge ones. Sadly, the average size of tusks has decreased over the past century because rampant ivory hunting has caused the ‘big tusk gene’ to become increasingly rare.

Evidence and research indicate that elephants prefer one tusk over the other, similar to humans being left- or right-handed. The preferred tusk is known as the “master tusk.”

And just like with snowflakes, no two tusks are alike!