First stop: An elephant...what is that?
In this section, you will learn basic facts about elephants. Read through the site and answer these questions along the way:
- What is the first known ancestor of the modern day elephant? How do we know it is related to our elephants?
- The ancestor lived an amphibious life. Are today's elephants amphibians? What are they?
- How many species of elephants are in the world today?
- How can you distinguish between the species?
- How many sets of teeth do elephants have? What happens when they lose their teeth?
- What are an elephant's tusks?
Next up: Caring for elephants.
- How much food does an elephant eat per day? What does their diet consist of? Do they get any treats?
- In captivity, how do elephants get bathed? What about in sanctuary?
- What is done to an elephant's hair when they are in captivity?
- What infection is very dangerous for elephants? What can be done to care for that part of the body?
- Name disease that is harmful to elephants and give examples of a cure.
- What is positive reinforcement training?
An elephant takes 24/7 watch, care, and providing for.
http://www.globalelephants.org/rambas-feet/#more-2007 Go about halfway down for foot care
Life in Captivity Versus Wild/Sanctuary
- What kind of needs do elephants have that cannot be offered in captivity? List three or four and discuss why they are important.
- What is the lifespan of an elephant in captivity? What about in the wild? What are a couple reasons for this?
- What good things does a sanctuary provide to elephants?
- Is a sanctuary life, a captive life?
What can you do to help?
- What are six things you can do to help?
- What method would each of you group members choose?
Did you learn anything new? I sure hope so! Next up, it is time to get your project all ready to show your class!