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HERDS AND HABITAT
Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own.
Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal – almost 22 months. Cows usually give birth to one calf every two to four years. At birth, elephants already weigh some 200 pounds and stand about 3 feet tall.
African elephants, unlike their Asian relatives, are not easily domesticated. They range throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the rain forests of central and West Africa. The continent’s northernmost elephants are found in Mali’s Sahel desert. The small, nomadic herd of Mali elephants migrates in a circular route through the desert in search of water.
DID YOU KNOW?
- African elephant’s ears resemble the continent of Africa
- Asian elephants ears are smaller
- Length of pregnancy is 22 months
- When born baby elephants are c. 200 pounds and 3 feet tall
- They don’t sleep much, roaming massive distances to forage
- They can’t jump
- Elephants trunks have 100,000 different muscles
- They go through 6 sets of teeth in their lifetime
- Their brain structure is strikingly similar to humans
- Elephants mourn their dead for many years
- They recognise themselves – they have a sense of self (like us)
- They Form deep family bonds (like we do)
- They are capable of complex thoughts and feelings
- They express Joy, Anger, Grief, Stress, Compassion, Love (as we do)
- They act on feelings and not solely for survival (just like us)
- In India beautiful women are said to walk with an elephant’s gait
- Asian elephants break off branches and use them to swat flies
- Female Asian elephants don’t have tusks (neither do we)
- Asian elephants were tamed over 4000 years ago
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Elephants as Power Animals and Totems
Throughout history and many cultures, Elephants are respected and often revered or worshipped. Common symbolic Elephant meanings and attributes include strength, honour, stability, intelligence, durability, power, longevity, royalty and closely bonded matriarchial family units. To a Hindu the Elephant is manifest in the form of Ganesha, remover of all obstacles, a god of luck, fortune, protection and is called upon to bless new projects. Their qualities and ‘animal medicine’ is used for meditation and healing equally by holistic therapies and shamans alike. Animals are a constant source of inspiration for artists >
“I have always been deeply connected with Gaia, her Divine Creatures and Buddha. I paint the Buddha and Divine Series in Adoration for the Divine in all Mother Earth’s Creatures. I embrace all forms of the Divine. There is so much to learn from many perspectives.”Ilisa Millermoon
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