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Elephants are part of the proboscidea family and live in Africa and Asia.

Elephants Visit their Dead Relatives

Elephants do something that no other animal apart from us do: they visit the graves of their dead relatives. Even several years after their relatives die, they return to where they died. They stay a while before they move on.

An Elephant Never Forgets

This saying isn’t far from the truth: elephants remember events up to 30 years after they’ve happened. They mostly remember the smell and whether the experience was positive or negative.

Elephants Are Selfless

Elephants are known for sacrificing themselves to protect the herd or save their young. The elephant is one of few animals that recognize their reflection.

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