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					ELEPHANTS

         By
 Gisselle Freeman
What do they look like?
How big do they get?
        • African
          – Height: 13 feet (2 men)
          – Weight: 16,500 pounds
            (4 large cars)
          – Babies weigh 265
            pounds (6 Gisselles)
        • Asian / Indian
          – A little smaller
             What do they eat?
• They are vegetarians (they don’t eat meat)
• They eat
  –   Grass
  –   Shrubs (bushes)
  –   Tree leaves, roots, bark, and branches
  –   Fruit
  –   Water plants
  –   They also like to eat bamboo, berries, coconuts, corn,
      dates, plums, sugar cane, and PEANUTS
 How much do they eat and drink?
• They eat up to 650 pounds a day
  (3000 hamburgers)
• They drink about 200 liters of water a day
  (100 bottles of soda)
            Do they work?
• Yes
• Asian Elephants are intelligent (smart)
• They are used by Asian people to knock
  down trees and carry them out of the
  jungle
 Are they an endangered species?
• Yes
• There are only about 600,000 African and
  40,000 Asian Elephants
• People kill elephants so they can use their tusks
  (2 long front teeth made of ivory) to make
  – Jewelry
  – Piano keys
  – Weapons
• 1979 to 1989 about 700,000 elephants were
  killed (over half of the population)
   What can we do to help them
            survive?
Don’t buy things made out of IVORY

				
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