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A BIG FAN Eleanor Dick, a third grader at River Oaks Baptist School, has loved elephants ever since she saw some at the Houston Zoo.
When I first saw elephants at the Houston Zoo, I was captivated by the sight of the massive, magical animals. I love elephants because they are interesting, wonderful, and smart animals. I feel like I am a bit like them, so I have wanted to study them since I was 4 years old. In the first grade, I did a research project on elephants. I learned so much.
Did you know elephants can inherit memories from close family members? Elephants communicate with each other all day by blowing noises through their trunks or stomping their feet, causing vibrations through the ground as far as 50 meters away. They have a photographic memory and can memorize everything they see. Elephants are highly intelligent animals and are even smarter than dolphins and gorillas. They are the largest land animals and spend most of their day eating. They need a lot of food to survive. Their heavy diet includes fruit, bark, leaves, and grass. Baby elephants play with the animals around them, including warthogs, wild pigs, antelope, and birds. The adults bathe, look for food, and sleep. Elephants also love to have fun. The elephants and their friends play a game like tag where they chase each other round and round until they get bored.
As I learned more about elephants, I realized I wanted to make a difference for these fascinating animals. Elephants' lives may seem like fun, but they are in great danger. They face many challenges when they need each other’s help. Wild animals like alligators and lions might try to eat them. They also face the danger of poaching, which is against the law. Elephants are endangered and might become extinct if we humans don’t do something. There are several organizations that are working to stop this tragedy. One of the ones I appreciate is called Save The Elephants. So go, save some elephants.
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