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The Ultimate Elephant Quiz
by Staff
The elephant is the largest mammal that lives on land. You can identify the geographical origin of an elephant simply by the size of its ears. Take this quiz to learn more about elephants.

What is the largest mammal that lives on land?

  • giraffe
  • elephant
  • whale

Where is the natural habitat of elephants?

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • both answers

What have elephants been trained to do?

  • act in the circus
  • pull heavy loads
  • both answers

How much do elephants weigh?

  • 2,000 to 4,000 pounds
  • 6,000 to 14,000 pounds
  • 10,000 to 15,000 pounds

What is interesting about elephant's ears?

  • cool their body temp by flapping their ears
  • clue to geographic origin
  • both answers

Elephants with larger ears originate where?

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • both answers

When the elephant is scared, what does it do with its trunk?

  • blow a trumpet sound
  • flail it around
  • slap its side

How does the elephant use its trunk to drink?

  • sucks up water with its trunk
  • squirt water into its mouth
  • both answers

To cool off, what does the elephant fling on its back?

  • mud
  • dirt
  • both answers

For short spurts, how fast can an elephant go?

  • 10 mph
  • 25 mph
  • 40 mph

How does an elephant breathe and smell?

  • trunk
  • mouth
  • both answers

Are elephants social animals?

  • herds
  • alone
  • neither answer

Why would hundreds of elephant herd together?

  • droughts
  • spring rains
  • mating season

What has happened to elephants because of the market for ivory?

  • elephants have been slaughtered
  • elephants are threatened with extinction
  • both answers

What event happened in 1989 that impacted the trade in ivory?

  • moratorium on the trade of ivory
  • moratorium on the trade of elephant products
  • both answers

How long may it take to train an Asian elephant?

  • two years
  • five years
  • 10 years

How are Asian elephants trained for use as draft animals?

  • horse training method
  • lion training method
  • dolphin training method

How many species of elephants are there?

  • three
  • ten
  • twenty

How long do elephants live?

  • 40 years
  • 60 years
  • 80 years

When do elephants mature sexually?

  • 5 to 10 years
  • 10 to 22 years
  • 15 to 30 years