A few facts the BRATs learnt about elephants during their behind-the-scenes tour of the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Pahang.

1 You’ll never walk alone
Elephants are very communal. Whenever faced with a threat, the herd will regroup with the infants in the centre of the circle.

2 Flap off
They’re a gentlemanly bunch so these gentle giants will give ample warning before they attack. Elephants trumpet loudly as well as flap and flare their huge ears.

3 You’ve got male!
The hind legs of a male elephant are more widely spread than that of their female counterparts. We wonder why …

4 Wee-zards of waterly place
Our hairy two-and-a-half-ton buddies drink 95-100 litres of water each day. It’s no wonder their paddocks are constantly wet – the water has got to go SOMEWHERE!

5 Softies inside
They’re like M&M’s; hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Ellies understand human language and somewhat surprisingly, despise vulgar language.

6 Elly-fan
Malaysia is hot, ok? Elephants feel the heat too. Their thick skin traps a lot heat underneath but thanks to their Dumbo-sized ears, they’re able to release it!

7 Sugar, rice and elly-thing nice
In NECC, baby elephants are fed a blend of brown sugar, soft rice, molasses, and Chemical X – Anlene Gold Milk.


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