Is it true that elephants can't jump?
Is it true that elephants can't jump? African elephant and calf walking, Masai Mara N.R, Kenya. (Anup Shah/Thinkstock)
Is it true that elephants can't jump?
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You asked us, is it true that elephants can't jump?

Yes, it's true. Adult elephants just aren't built to jump. Often weighing 16,000 or more pounds, they're too heavy to make the leap. 

Not only do they not jump, elephants never get all four feet off the ground at once - even when charging at full speed. So, technically, I guess, elephants don't actually run, they power walk.

And why should they jump? The great leapers of the animal kingdom often evolved that skill as a way of avoiding predators. But nothing in an elephant's environment, at least in their recent evolutionary past, required them to hop around.

So, despite what you may have heard, believe me when I say, elephants are earthbound.

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Why did elephants never need to learn how to hop?
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  • yessenia-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    I was always wondering if elephants can jump and i finally got my answer. This was Interesting to learn.

  • ashley2-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    great story i actually learned a couple of things about elephants

  • allana-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    Elephants never need to learn how to hop because they are too heavy and they are not in much danger.

  • dalilac-san
    4/14/2016 - 11:51 a.m.

    They never learned

  • dylan2017-whi
    4/14/2016 - 11:51 a.m.

    elephants never learned to hop because they were never born to hop,even babies cant hop when their born.

  • kevinm-san
    4/14/2016 - 11:56 a.m.

    Elephants can not jump because they have nothing that hunts them except humans. Plus the weigh 16,000 pounds or more. That is a lot of weight to carry, instead of them running its called speed walking. Plus elephants can't jump because they do not have the technique to jump.

  • erickf-san
    4/14/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

    I think that the elephants never learned how to hop because of there weight. In the article it says that elephants weigh 160,000 pounds or more.

  • dalilac-san
    4/14/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

    They never learned how to jump because of there weight. They never learned how to jump because they are heavy and the weight about 16,000 pounds and to jump they can't really jump. They are also to heavy to jump. After all they are really heavy to jump.

  • samanthas-98908-san
    4/14/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    They don't hop because they don't need to.According to the text,it says“nothing in an elephants environment,at least in their recent evolutionary past,require them to hop around”It also said that they can't hop because of their weight.That is what I think.

  • josuev-san
    4/14/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    They never learned how to hop cause they are earth bound.also cause the wieght 16,000.and the can't get all four legs off the ground.and they didn't develop the skill.

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