African Elephant Facts

A few elephant facts about African Elephants on their anatomy, diet and behavior. This page will also contain more facts and features about our very own Bolelo, Jabari and Malaika.

Fact # 1 – Trunk

The Elephant’s trunk is 2 meters long and can weigh up to 130 kg. It is extremely sensitive allowing him to detect underground water. The sensitive finger-like appendages at the tip of the trunk enables them to pick the smallest twig or flower.

It comprises 40 000 to 100 00 muscles capable of holding 6 liters of water which it can squirt into its mouth for drinking or bathing.

Fact # 2 – Tusks

Both male and female African elephants have large tusks which are actually upper incisor teeth that can reach 2 metres

The massive tusks of older bulls can weigh up to 50 or 60 kilograms, but tusks weighing up to 90 kilograms have been recorded.

Fact # 3 – Hearing

An elephants hearing and smell are excellent but eyesight is moderate and best in dim light. Its large ears serve as a display function and also in cooling the body.

Fact # 4 – Our 3 Elephant’s Origin

Our 3 elephants, Bulelo, Jabari and Malaika is originally from the Kruger Park. Their parents were killed by a farmer when the broke through fences. The babies were orphaned and were adopted by the Knysna Elephant Park who started to raise them as their own children. Since then an agreement between Knysna Elephant Park and the Oudtshoorn Elephant Company has seen these 3 baby elephants come to Oudtshoorn and are now at home in Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. Here they are cared for, taught valuable skills and loved, like they were the children of The Oudtshoorn Elephant Company and Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.