by Editor on December 31, 2011

A Baby Zoo Elephant With Its Mother. Photo:William Warby

Elephant Gestation: A Long Pregnancy

The most frequently asked question about elephants here on All About Wildlife is how long do elephants live? However, the second most popular pachyderm question is, what is the elephant’s gestation period—in other words, how long does an elephant stay pregnant?

Both African and Asian elephants have a pregnancy that approaches two years—22 months, to be exact. This is the longest gestation period for any land animal, and one —of the longest for any animal on earth. Elephants produce one baby at a time, and the youngster weighs around 105 kilograms (230 pounds) at birth.

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