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5th PhotoHunt Theme 124: “Wrinkled”
comment 12 Comments August 23, 2008 – 7:03 am
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Q:Why is an elephant’s skin so wrinkled?

According to the African Elephants Specialist Group: “Wrinkles are related to the need for these large animals to keep their body temperature down. Wrinkles increase the surface area, so there is more skin to wet when the animal bathes. All the cracks and crevices trap moisture, which then takes much longer to evaporate. Thus, a wrinkly elephant keeps cooler for longer than it would with smooth skin.”

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It’s great to see animals in a park or zoo free as though in the wild- as opposed to caged in a tiny space in city zoos.

No african elephants were harmed in taking these photos. Taken at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, California. Circa 2004 :-)

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