Elephants are the largest mammals on earth and also very intelligent. There’s a lot to say about elephants, their behaviour, social structure and how they communicate with each other. But do you ever wonder what gender they might be? Can you guess it? So, today we are going to focus on a few ways to identify the difference between male and female elephants!
The most common and probably the easiest way is to look between the legs isn’t it? But this method will not always help to describe the gender of the elephant. Instead, we want you to look at the forehead. The female elephant’s forehead is much more angled, almost looks square. Whilst the male’s forehead is much more of a sphere shaped. But on younger elephants, it can be a bit more difficult to identify it clearly.
For behaviour, male elephants tend to either be alone or in a small herd as they leave the breeding herd at the age of around 13 to 14 years old. The female is generally in breeding herds and always surrounded by their relatives as they never leave their natal herd (the herd which they were born into). All the females and young males will be related to each other.
However, the differences between size can identify the gender of the elephant. Fully-grown male elephants are much bigger than fully-grown female elephants. Male elephants can be anywhere from 1 to 1.5 meters taller than a female and up to 2 tons heavier. Also, males need to be bigger than the females in order to be able to compete with other males.
Is this article helpful? Can this article help you to guess the gender of the elephant? Well, we hope that this information can help you, more or less!