Wild Elephants Sleep Just 2 Hours a Day, Puzzling Scientists in UCLA Study


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Anyone who feels proud for pulling an all-nighter has nothing on the African Elephant.

A study released Wednesday of two matriarchal elephants in Botswana’s Chobe National Park revealed the lumbering creatures only slept for two hours a day — apparently the least of any mammals.

Remarkably, these insomniac elephants traveled nearly 19 miles in 10 hours without rest and stayed up for a record 46 hours straight, according to the study conducted by the UCLA Center for Sleep Research and the nonprofit research group Elephants Without Borders.

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Scientists have noted that the elephants’ non-sleeping abilities are a new record for a mammal’s sleeping pattern and compared it to captive elephants’ sleeping patterns of five to six hours a day.

“The elephants were studied for continuous 35 day periods [from a distance],” Jerry Siegel, director of the Center for Sleep Research, told NBC News. “Elephants move with their herd and move…

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