Elephant tusks made of…

When you think of an elephant, you automatically think of their big ears and tusks!
Here’s one fact that you may not know, an elephant’s tusks are nothing more than a set of the elephant’s teeth! What they’re made up of is known as ivory (which we’re sure you did know), a type of tissue high in calcium also known as dentin which is found in the teeth of most animals. As an elephant’s tusks can grow to be several feet in length, the ivory in these special teeth is different than most other animal’s teeth because it appears in such a great quantity!

Since ivory is easy to carve and smooth, it’s often been very sought-after for use in making everything from decorative items to tools. However, the purchase or sale of ivory has been banned or limited in most places because elephants were being hunted so much for their ivory that they have started to become endangered.


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