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Elephant Hearing

Asian elephant's ear
Hearing ability is amongst the best of all land creatures. The range of elephants hearing is much superior than that of human beings. They communicate in extremely low ranges and sounds can travel many kilometers. 

It is thought that this ability is mainly used when communicating between a female in heat looking for a suitable male companion. The sound made is beyond the range of the human year but is said to contribute to the "rumble in the jungle"

The"knuckle"  found at the back of the ear is amongst the softest parts of the body and is used by professional elephant riders (mahouts) to steer and direct the creature.

The ear of the Asian (pictured left) and African elephant differ in shape. The Asian's is said to resemble a map of India; the African's a map of the African continent.

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