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Elephant Knowledge

Can you guess these random facts about elephants?
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Last updated: October 24, 2020
First submittedJanuary 6, 2018
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Country with the most elephants (hint: starts with B)
Botswana
Fictional elephant who could fly, thanks to his gigantic ears
Dumbo
Term for a male elephant
Bull
Tiny animal that elephants are supposedly afraid of
Mice
Country with the most Asian elephants
India
Part of an elephant's body that is prehensile, and also known as a proboscis
The Trunk
Substance that elephants use as sunscreen
Mud
What elephants are unable to do - unlike almost all mammals
Jump
Period of time that lasts two years in elephants - longer than in any other animal
Gestation
General from Carthage who employed elephants when he attacked the Roman Republic
Hannibal
Type of elephants considered sacred in Thailand
White Elephants
Well-known Hindu god who has the head of an elephant=
Ganesh
Close relative of the elephant that lived in cold climates and went extinct around 1650 BC
Mammoth
More-distant elephant relative that went extinct around 10,000 BC
Mastodon
American political party symbolized by an elephant
The Republican
Party
M word that refers to the old female elephant who leads a group
Matriarch
Monster of Greek mythology who may have been invented by people who
saw elephant skulls
Cyclops
Valuable, and illegal, white material made from elephant tusks
Ivory
Fictional elephant who is a beloved children's character in France
Babar
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Level 81
Jan 7, 2018
Mammoths extinct at 1650BC? Something wrong with the times here.
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2018
The date is correct. Surprising isn't it!
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Level 48
May 18, 2018
There were still mammoths when the ancient Egyptian civilization was prevalent
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Level 67
May 19, 2018
Egyptian civilization lasted for thousands of years. Cleopatra was born closer to the present day than to the time when the great pyramids were constructed.
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Level 71
Feb 6, 2021
Cleopatra wasn't Ancient Egyptian, though. She was Ptolemaic Egyptian.
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2022
Ancient Egyptian refers to Egypt during Antiquity, therefore Ptolemaics are also ancient.
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Level 75
May 19, 2018
It was only one subspecies that lasted that long. It lived on an island in northern siberia
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Level 58
Aug 13, 2022
Yeah… when I saw the date I was thinking it meant the Wrangel Island ones.
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Level 76
Jan 8, 2018
Why include 'in France'? Might have got it if it didn't specify France...
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Level 69
Jan 16, 2018
I'm guessing because it was created in France? I actually had no idea Babar was known in English-speaking countries at all.
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Level 77
May 18, 2018
I'm American and my kids loved their Babar books. They preferred Babar over Dumbo.
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Level 66
May 18, 2018
"Wasn't there a children's book about an elephant named 'Babar' "? - Dr. Joseph Dolan
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Level 80
Aug 12, 2021
American here, and Babar was a staple while growing up.
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Level 87
Aug 12, 2022
I think I saw a Babar cartoon once when I was younger but I don't remember anything about it.
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2018
This is my first taken Animal Knowledge quiz. I like it.
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Level 89
Mar 1, 2018
Jumping is not in any way unique to mammals. And there are many other mammals that can't jump (every aquatic mammal, to start with). So I'm not sure why this particular answer is any more relevant than, say, scratch their rear ends. A lot of mammals can do that, but elephants can't.
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Level 46
May 18, 2018
Yeah, but when you type scratch & it doesn't accept it try the next obvious - jump. That's what I did.
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Level 40
May 18, 2018
Most aquatic mammals do jump. In fact they're famous for it.
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Level 56
Aug 14, 2021
When they leap out of the water. I wouldn’t call that jumping, though.
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Level 43
Aug 15, 2021
you just did
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Level 84
May 18, 2018
Only one I missed. Clue doesn't make much sense to me, either. I tried "forget."
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Level 70
Aug 14, 2021
this is a fairly famous fact, related to the fact their knees are different to all other four legged mammals. All others have rear legs that flex the other way.

An interesting discussion point about whether aquatic mammals can 'jump'. Dolphins, orcas and humpbacks can completely leave contact with the water, which might be considered jumping. but I'm sure not all whales can do this.

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Level 78
Jun 2, 2018
So white elephants are doubly doomed?
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Level 68
Aug 15, 2021
Unless they were born in Thailand
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Level 72
Aug 12, 2022
I agree. The way the question is worded seems intentionally misleading. What do mammals tend to do? Drink milk? Elephants surely do that. Grow hair? Ahh, yes, hair is something particularly mammalian, but elephants have hair. They; however, do not have fur, setting them apart from mammoths. What land-based mammals don't have fur? Elephants, humans, certain very specific breeds of moles and cats... The answer must be "grow fur." Nope. Ahh, but aquatic mammals don't have fur... rack my brain trying to use psychic powers to figure out what the heck QM is thinking, then I see the answer. I immediately feel robbed. Why? Well, giraffes cannot jump. Hippos cannot jump. Rhinos cannot jump. Sloths cannot jump. In fact, many mammals cannot jump. This is nothing particularly special about elephants. Also, tons and tons of non-mammalian animals CAN jump, making this extra misleading with the preface.
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Level 72
Aug 22, 2022
Also capybaras, opossums, platypuses, some sorts of bats, porcupines, walruses, etc. There are also plenty of species of mammals that are not known to jump, but maybe they can. There are also also tons of extinct mammals that we will never know whether they could jump or not. The more time passes, the more this just doesn't seem right.

"Almost all" is a strong qualifier. When there are at least 150 other species of mammals that cannot jump which come to mind, I think it's more than fair to deem the qualifier as misleading.

Even if this were to be qualified with the argument that it's a myth that elephants are the only mammal unable to jump, there are other more well-known myths about elephants, for example, their inability to ever forget.

I'd recommend rewording the clue along the lines of "Elephants are unable to do this because their leg bones all point downward." The current clue is both misleading and also vague.

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Level 73
Aug 18, 2022
Nowhere is it said (nor implied) that jumping is unique to mammals.
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Level 72
Mar 2, 2018
I loved all the Animal Knowledge quizzes I took. They're not as hard as I thought, and even though I didn't get a full score on any of them, I enjoyed them thoroughly. It's always nice to learn some new tidbits of information. E.g. I had no idea about the probable connection between the elephant heads and the cyclops.
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Level 68
May 18, 2018
Ivory is not made out of an elephant tusk, it IS an elephant tusk.
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Level 84
May 18, 2018
I'm going to make a movie called White Elephants Can't Jump. It will be crazy popular in Thailand.
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Level 85
May 18, 2018
Anyone else try "forget" for the thing elephants are unable to do?
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Level 75
May 18, 2018
I read "people who saw elephant skulls" as "people who cut animal skulls in half." I kept thinking, "who the heck would saw an elephant skull?" Too early in the morning.
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Level 61
May 18, 2018
What do you call a male elephant? Sir.
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Level 65
May 18, 2018
Did you know that the kingdom of Lan Xang Hom Khao translates to "Millions of Elephants and White Parasols."
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Level 73
Nov 17, 2020
No
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Level 68
May 18, 2018
Please consider accepting albino for white elephant. Google says they are the same.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2020
That will work now.
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Level 60
Aug 12, 2021
Elephantastic Quiz (人*´∀`)。*゚+

But please accept Clay for mud

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Level 65
Aug 12, 2021
you should go to jail for that pun xD
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Level 71
Aug 12, 2021
Tusk, tusk, making elephant puns now are we?
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Level 77
Aug 12, 2021
Who else thinks that the elephant puns should stop? Ivory much do.
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Level 67
Aug 12, 2021
Everyone mastadon too many puns for you to cope with.
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Level 77
Aug 12, 2021
Question 4 needs a tweak. The way it is written, mouse is the correct answer, not mice. If the question were re-written in the plural (i.e, asking "what animals"), then mice would be appropriate.
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Level 59
Aug 13, 2021
This quiz was more interesting than I thought it would be, 13/19. I remember watching Babar when I was younger
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Level 68
Aug 13, 2021
I think "dirt" should be accepted for the sunscreen question.
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Level 82
Jun 27, 2022
You might want to change the third question. The question is "term for a bull elephant" and the answer is "a bull".
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Level ∞
Jun 27, 2022
Fixed, thank you
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Level 55
Sep 17, 2022
lol what was qm thinking when he did that
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Level 49
Aug 12, 2022
Question 8 - elephants can't run, as running entails all the animal's legs being off the ground at the same time. Related but distinct, but equally valid I would have thought.
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Level 76
Aug 12, 2022
There's an equals sign at the end of the Hindu god question.
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Level 55
Sep 17, 2022
Yeah, is that intentional or a typo?
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Level 76
Aug 12, 2022
I guessed 'matron' for the M word question!
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Level 70
Aug 12, 2022
Fun quiz--not sure you need the word "The" before trunk in the one answer.