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The Elephant Personality

Portrait of an Elephant Personality

An elephant personality is a person whose deliberate movements exude confidence and calm in all aspects of his or her life. While maybe not the king of the animal world, it is surely a member of the royal family. With an imposing physical presence and kind, spiritual demeanor, it moves easily through life where few barriers can hold it back.

There's a touch of cool in the stoic elephant that's appealing and reassuring and, in all probability, this composure stems from the knowledge that they have no natural enemies; even the lion and crocodile personalities pay homage by giving them a respectful berth. Only the unpredictable tiger has been known to trigger any semblance of anxiety in this otherwise fearless animal.

Elephants are Formidable

Generally slow to anger, they can sometimes exhibit a violent temper and use their powerful personality to humble and drive off unwanted intruders. Active during day and night, elephants take naps whenever the urge strikes.

When elephants set their minds to something, they don't waver in their commitment until the task is complete. Their intelligence, combined with a formidable personality, gives them a terrific advantage in business and social affairs while their communication skills make them first-rate leaders. Trustworthy and honest, they always let others know where they stand with regard to their feelings.

The Elephant Personality's Career

In business, elephants are usually found in leadership roles as executives or company presidents and, although highly paid, are never ostentatious with their wealth. In the top echelons of political office, elephant personalities are far more likely to be female. Male elephants are not as predictable as their counterparts, and females are more likely to maintain an even temper.

Elephants in the Wild

Elephants are the largest living land animal. All elephants have a communal society that requires an intricate communication system, and a little-known facet of elephant behavior is that they purr.

For a long time, naturalists were puzzled by the unusual sound emanating from their stomachs. These loud and low-frequency tummy-rumblings would suddenly stop when someone approached. These sounds have nothing to do with digestion and can be heard over incredibly long distances. The sound acts as a signal to the rest of the herd that all is well, and when danger approaches, the sudden silence alerts all.

In addition to these sounds, elephants will trumpet loudly and aggressively. This shrill tone instantly sets all animals on notice that elephants are in the neighborhood.

Careers & Hobbies

Business Exec
Art appreciation

Love & Friendship

If you think it's just an elephants' size that impresses its lovers, you'd be mistaken. Sure, size matters, but it's more than just physical prowess that has given rise to the legend of the elephant lover. It's because elephants are able to inject so much emotional and physic energy into a relationship that lovers find them so compelling. Certainly it isn't for their looks; elephants are somewhat underwhelming with their plain gray appearances.

Elephants have a passion for the arts -- particularly history and psychology, and find that the lessons of the past have enormous value in their daily lives. So elephants seek mates who are appreciative of their gentle sensitivity yet strong enough to keep pace with their powerful personalities. They are attractive and attracted to larger herbivorous animals particularly zebra, rhinos and horses, and have an irresistible soft spot for the beautiful big-game personality, the giraffe.

Best Mates for a Elephant



A solid team


Solid and long-lasting


The ground shakes





A storybook romance


Serious sexual attractions



Unstoppable together


Never a dull moment


A feisty twosome

Animal Matchmaker

Use the Animal Matchmaker to see how the Elephant gets along with any other animal personality (including itself). Choose one from the list below and click "Make a match".

Portrait of a Tiger Personality

Famous Elephant Personalities

Indira Gandhi

Portrait of Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was the leader of India -- the world's largest (and most tumultuous) democracy. If that doesn't call for the steady hand of a matriarchal elephant personality, nothing does.

Golda Meir

Portrait of Golda Meir

If it's true that female elephant personalities make great leaders, it's because the have the perfect combination of stability, thoughtfulness and intelligence. Israel's first -- and only -- female leader embodied all these qualities.


Portrait of Pavarotti

Most famous male elephant personalities are not known for their calm, reasoned interaction with the world. But they do have one or two distinctive physical attributes -- like Pavarotti's incomparable singing voice.