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Spotted in Sri Lanka: Elephants

Although their numbers have severely decreased, wild Asian elephants are still a quite common sight in Sri Lanka, especially in the eastern part of the country. But did you know that…

Elephants flock together in herds. In Sri Lanka, their sight is familiar, but the number of wild elephants is decreasing. Many of them are killed by farmers regarding them as a threat to their plantations.

  • Elephants can reach a top speed of 40 km/h?
  • Usain Bolt, world record holder on 100 meters, only reaches a top speed of 36 km/h on this course?
  • That an elephant only covers about 30 kilometers in a day?
  • Elephants spend about 16 to 18 hours a day eating?
  • An elephant’s skin is an inch thick?

And did you know that…

  • 3500 wild elephants are estimated to be living in Sri Lanka?
  • while there were about 12.000 of them 100 years ago?
  • 500 Sri Lankan elephants are domesticated and used as farm animals?

An Elephant retreats into the forest to avoid the camera and the tourists gaping at him from their bus.

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