Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor

Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor
Picture by Justin Wyatt
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This magical story has a touch of the supernatural. When an injured crane is found and nursed, something happens, something magical and inspiring...

Gentle Footprints launched- AS SEEN ON TV

Gentle Footprints was officially launched Fri June 4th at the Hay Festival with guest speaker Virginia McKenna and some of the authors

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Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Animal Anthology To Raise Funds for Born Free

Bridge House Publishing announce new book coming Spring 2010. For more about Bridge House please see their website.
This book is the annual charity book for Born Free...if you want to get involved with promoting and selling this book- email me!

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Habitats and Habits


The African elephant lives in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert in tropical forests, Savannah areas, deserts and river valleys.



Elephants drink water by sucking it up with their trunks and spraying it into their mouths. They pick up food with their trunks, put it into their mouths and then swallow it.
Elephants eat mainly grass and leaves and they drinks lots of water.They eat in the morning, in the evening and during the rest of the day. Up to 200kg of food is needed daily.


Males travel alone and the females travel in groups with the younger elephants.
The bulls are bigger than the cows.
Bull = 3.4 m (height) and 5.4 metric tonne(weight)
Cow = 2.8m (length) and 3.6 metric tonne (weight)


Elephants are ready to mate at the age of 15 to 16, usually with a bull that is able to fight with other bulls in the herd. The mating pair will often separate for a few weeks. After 21 - 22 months one calf is born. It can follow the herd after just a few days. Cows can have 5 to 6 calves in a lifetime.


African elephants like to cool off by playing in the water and mud. The mud will then dry on their skins and this protects them from the sun.They regularly flap their ears for better blood circulation and to keep them cool. Elephants sometimes take a nap during the hottest part of the day. They can do this while standing and laying down.

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