What is the average life span of an elephant?
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- eAnswers...Feb 7, 2013
Estimates related to the life span of an elephant, in particular, and of wild animals in general, are unreliable and vary significantly because they are based on small samples and inaccurate records. The best data is available only in zoos, but such data is not representative because the life span of an animal in captivity differs significantly from that in the wild. An elephant under domestication lives longer than when it is in the forest. Estimates of the average life span of an elephant vary from 40 to 65 years. The extreme life span of the animal might exceed even 75 years. Among mammals, only humans have a life expectancy longer than that of elephants.
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