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Wildlife Wednesdays: Do Elephants Drink Through Their Trunks? This and Other Questions Answered on Elephant Awareness Day, September 26, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 19th, 2012 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


A myth that pops up from time to time is that elephants use their trunks to drink, like we would use a straw. This would be similar to people sticking their noses in a glass of water when they wanted a drink! Elephants, unlike people, do use their trunks to help them drink, but they only suck the water part of the way up and then use their trunks to squirt the water into their mouths.

In Addition to Sucking Up Water to Squirt in Their Mouths and Picking Up Food, Elephants’ Trunks Are Used For Greeting, Caressing, Threatening and Throwing Dust Over Their Body

The elephant’s trunk is a combination of their nose and upper lip and is able to touch, grasp and smell. In addition to sucking up water to squirt in their mouths and picking up food, elephants’ trunks are used for greeting, caressing, threatening and throwing dust over their bodies.

On September 26, Elephant Awareness Day, Guests Can Test Their Skills at Eating Like an Elephant Using a Replica of an Elephant Trunk

Guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom on September 26, Elephant Awareness Day, will learn lots of fun facts about elephants—and can even test their skills at eating like an elephant using a replica of an elephant trunk.

On Elephant Awareness Day, Guests Who Stop By Rafiki’s Planet Watch Can Color an Elephant Mask That They Can Take Home

On Elephant Awareness Day, guests who stop by Rafiki’s Planet Watch can:

  • Learn what—and how much!—an elephant eats.
  • Color an elephant mask that they can take home.
  • Learn about the elephants that make their home at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including baby elephant Jabali who just celebrated his first birthday, and talk with members of our elephant care team.
  • Find out about our elephant conservation efforts in Africa, supported through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and cast member conservation programs, including how bee sounds are being used to help keep elephants away from crops.

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