About the Elephants Lesson
This lesson introduces students to elephants.
• To be able to describe elephants.
• To be able to know their physical characteristics.
• To be able to describe their social behavior.
• To be able to list reasons for the endangerment of the species.
Elephants are the largest land mammals and are considered very intelligent. They belong to the Proboscidea, an order of huge tusked mammals with a flexible trunk and column-like legs. Other animals belonging to the same order are the extinct mammoth and mastodon. Elephants are the only living representatives of this order.
Elephants can live up to 70 years. A fully-grown adult elephant reaches the height of 10 - 13 feet and weighs roughly 11,000 - 15,400 pounds. The largest elephant ever recorded weighed about 26,000 pounds. A baby elephant will weigh about 200 pounds and stand roughly 3 feet tall.