Facts on the AnimalEdit
Staples: Grasses, leaves, bamboo, bark, roots. Elephants are also known to eat crops like banana and sugarcane which are grown by farmers. Adult elephants eat 300-400 lbs of food per day.
At the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants.
African savannah elephants are found in savannah zones in 37 countries south of the Sahara Desert. African forest elephants inhabit the dense rainforests of west and central Africa. The Asian elephant is found in India, Sri Lanka, China and much of Southeast Asia.
Elephants form deep family bonds and live in tight matriarchal family groups of related females called a herd. The herd is led by the oldest and often largest female in the herd, called a matriarch. Herds consist of 8-100 individuals depending on terrain and family size. When a calf is born, it is raised and protected by the whole matriarchal herd. Males leave the family unit between the ages of 12-15 and may lead solitary lives or live temporarily with other males.
Elephants are extremely intelligent animals and have memories that span many years. It is this memory that serves matriarchs well during dry seasons when they need to guide their herds, sometimes for tens of miles, to watering holes that they remember from the past. They also display signs of grief, joy, anger and play.
Recent discoveries have shown that elephants can communicate over long distances by producing a sub-sonic rumble that can travel over the ground faster than sound through air. Other elephants receive the messages through the sensitive skin on their feet and trunks. It is believed that this is how potential mates and social groups communicate.
Mating Season: Mostly during the rainy season. Gestation: 22 months. Litter size: 1 calf (twins rare). Calves weigh between 200-250 lbs at birth. At birth, a calf's trunk has no muscle tone, therefore it will suckle through its mouth. It takes several months for a calf to gain full control of its trunk.
Taken From: http://www.defenders.org/elephant/basic-facts
Rachel got this morph in the first book. She and the other Animorphs went to go battle morphs.They went to The Gardens to get these morphs. During the trip the team got chased by a security gaurd and the team split up running in different ways. Due to the fact that the book is narrated by Jake, we don't see Rachel get her battle morph. Durring the end fight of the book it is revealed that Rachel got this morph, she uses the morph to fight in the yeerk pool. During The Solution Cassie, Tobias, and Ax all get elephant morphs to fight off David. Judy from the Auxiliary Animorphs also gets this morph.
This is Rachel's main battle morph for the first few books. In The Stranger, Rachel gets a grizzly bear morph which becomes her main battle morph. This morph becomes a secondary battle morph. She still will use this morph from time to time.
Books Used InEdit
- The Invasion (Book Rachel Acquired In/First Use)
- The Visitor
- The Encounter
- The Predator
- The Capture
- The Andalite's Gift
- The Stranger
- The Reaction(accidental morph)
- The Underground
- The Solution(Book Tobias,Cassie,and Ax Acquired In)
- The Pretender
- Elfangor's Secret
- The Journey(Cover Morph)
- The Diversion
- The Ultimate (Book Judy Acquired In)
- The Sacrifice (Last Use)
- The Invasion Game (Board Game)
Used in 16 books.