They say elephants never forget. A highly intelligent species, elephants are also as playful as they are clever. Loving nothing more than a relaxing bathe in the river, their trunks lend themselves perfectly to wild water fights—perfect for cooling off from the sweltering sun. Show your love for these majestic creatures with elephant art and prints.
Thick-skinned yet sensitive
Huge ears, tiny eyes and a curled trunk—elephant art is a must in any animal gallery. But behind their exotic appearance and thick skin lies a sensitive and extremely intelligent nature. For example, these gentle giants are among the few species on this planet that can recognise themselves in the mirror.
Moreover, elephants have the ability to count the members of their herd, immediately noticing when someone has gone astray. They often live in small communities of female “cows” and baby “calves”, with an elder elephant as tribe leader and head teacher.
The belief that elephants sound their trunk trumpets to communicate with one another is about as persistent as the rumour that they would go nuts for one lousy peanut.
Truth be told, as fully-grown vegetarians, they need to consume about 250,000 calories a day. That’s a whole lot of grass, leaves and fruits (and admittedly some peanuts too, perhaps). Elephants even swap foraging tips to help each other get their five (thousand) a day. But you’d be mistaken if you think they do this with a blast of their trunks. In reality, they communicate with infrasonic waves that are inaudible to the human ear.
Larger than life
Over the last 100 years, the habitat of the world’s largest living land animals has shrunk considerably. Today, Asian elephants are mostly confined to India and Sri Lanka, while their African counterparts roam the savannahs, rainforests and national parks of the continent.
Thanks to their enormous size and herd-life-mentality, our stomping friends hardly have any enemies in the wild. No wonder then, that these gentle giants ignite such fascination within us. And elephant posters belong just as much to an urban jungle as mighty lions and graceful giraffes do.