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Slideshow: Disneynature’s ‘earth’

February 5th, 2009

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In the film the elephants spend weeks traveling across the Kalahari Desert to reach the abundant waters of the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, where the Okavango River empties into the desert.

Elephant facts

  • An adult elephant can eat over 300 pounds of food and drink 50 gallons of water a day.
  • Elephants’ ears act as a cooling system. By holding them out in the wind or flapping them, the elephant can increase the movement of air over its ears and cool the blood running through them, thereby regulating its body heat.
  • It can take up to six months for an elephant calf to learn how to use its trunk to bring water up to its mouth.
  • In times of danger the adult elephants in a herd will form a ring around the young, facing out to protect them.
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