Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Updated 3/2017 -- photo and all links removed as many no longer active and it was easier than checking each one.
Miss Bets is a baby elephant. She is an African elephant. Her weight at birth was 263 lbs and she is 35 inches tall. She is strong, healthy and nursing. Her mom, Amy, is a first time mother.
Amazingly, she was born here in Arkansas at the Riddle Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary on December 8, 2007.
Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary was established by Scott and Heidi Riddle in 1990 on 330 acres in the Ozark Mountain foothills in Arkansas as a non-profit home for elephants needing one for any reason. It is the only internationally recognized sanctuary that accepts any elephant regardless of species, gender, or disposition. This Arkansas elephant sanctuary currently houses Asian elephants and African elephants. Elephant care and elephant management are taught at this elephant haven. Programs include Elephant Experience Weekends and an annual International School for Elephant Management. Major goals of the sanctuary include the care of the resident elephant herd, but also elephant conservation in general, helping to ensure the long-term survival of these magnificent and highly endangered species. You can visit their site to learn how you can help elephants or to "adopt" an elephant!
Now for a little science--did you know that elephants don't sweat? So how do these warm blooded mammals regulate their body temperatures? One way is their ears! I think that is wonderful.
"Elephants have large ears which are packed with capillary structure through which sizable quantity of blood flows. Whenever there is excess heat that needs to be released, warm blood flows through these capillaries, while the elephant chooses a cold spot (like that of a shade) and uses the favorable thermal gradient to release the excess heat. In other words, the ear flaps of the elephant serve as an enormous convection fin - a flapping one at that - to enhance heat transfer from the elephant body to the environment."-- from Arunn Narasimhan post Elephant Ears And Thermo Regulation