Elephants are highly intelligent creatures – their brains weigh between 4kg (8lb) and 5kg (11lb) - the largest of any land animal. Perhaps the most enticing quality of the elephant is its undeniable similarity to humans. Elephants experience many of the same emotions as people do. Elephants are capable of self-awareness, sadness, joy, love, jealousy, fury, grief, compassion and distress. They also form with close bonds with family members, communicate with one another, can live for up to 70 years and they care for their young in much the same way as we do.

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