Top 10 Animals With Longest Gestation Period

The elephant has to be pregnant for 22 months!

For a mother, nothing in the world is more valuable than her children. You can find countless reasons. But the starting point of this magical relationship is pregnancy. Because it is very long in humans – 40 weeks or 9 months. This is a solid reason. No? But you know that some animals have a much longer gestation period than humans. Check out the list of the longest animals in pregnancy.

 10.Zebra   10 – 12 Months

Female zebras mature much earlier than male zebras, males reproduce at 5 or 6 years of age, while females begin to reproduce at 3 years of age. Female zebras are born once a year, Based on the species, gestation period can vary. It can last from 10 to 12 months.

A zebra was born at a time. Shortly after birth, zebra foals can stand and walk. It matured at the age of three. Until then, the young zebra lives under the protection of the mother.

Manatee  12 Months

The manatee of marine mammals is also known as the sea cow. Their pregnancy lasts for about 12 months. Usually, only one calf is born, it was born underwater. Adult manatees reach the ground breathing air every 3-5 minutes. Therefore, when the calf is born, it must be brought to the ground by the mother to breathe. Surprisingly, the calf can swim within an hour of birth.

 Donkey  11 – 15 Months

Females Donkey once a year, 11 to 15 months of gestation, and the pregnancy rate of sputum are smaller than that of horses. After the Donkey has given birth, a donkey foal weighs between 8 to 13.5 kg. Within half an hour, a donkey foal would stand walk.

Giraffe 13 – 15 Months

Male giraffes are generally larger than female giraffes, while giraffes have different reproductive systems. Few twins are born. Female giraffes have a gestation period of 13-15 months, surprisingly, the female giraffe gives birth by standing up. At birth, a giraffe calf measures up to 6 feet in height. Baby giraffes can also stand up and run after a few hours of their birth.

Camel  13 – 15 Months

There are currently three types of camels in the world, and now the world’s large camels are dromedary camels. The female camel is precociously older than the male camel. The camel’s pregnancy is usually between 13 and 15 months. Shortly after the camel is born, it can begin to walk and stand.

Walrus 15 – 16 Months

A walrus is a long-toothed marine mammal that matures at 7 years of age, while males and females mature between 4 and 6 years of age. The walrus has a gestation period of 15 to 16 months, and the small walrus swims shortly after birth.

Rhino 12 – 16 Months

All rhino family members weigh more than 1 ton. Currently, there are five rhinos in the world, famous for their iconic horns. There are five different types of rhinos in the world – white, black, Sumatra, Java, and huge horned rhinos. These incredibly large mammals carry their calves for 15 to 16 months.

Female rhinos can only feed one calf at a time. At birth, rhino calves weigh between 40 and 65 kg; protective female rhinos will take care of their calves until they are 3 years old.

Whales 2 – 16 Months

Whales are the largest animals in the world, preying, mating, and giving birth to children in the sea. Whales take care of their baby whales until they reach the age of 1 to 2 years, and the sperm whale’s gestation period is the longest of all species.

Dolphins 15 – 18 Months

Female dolphins produce their young cubs in spring and summer. These female mammals feed young cubs for many years. They are almost similar to the whale’s reproductive system, and their gestation period is 15-18 months

Elephants 18 – 22 Months

The largest of all land animals is the longest gestation period of all living mammals. Yes, the elephant’s gestation period is 18 to 22 months. It’s been almost two years. In two major elephant species – Africa and Asia, it will change for a few months. For African elephants, the gestation period is 22 months and the Asian image is 18 to 22 months.

The female elephant gives birth to only one calf at a time. Even a newborn elephant would weigh between 90 and 115 kg. The sexual maturity for elephants comes at the age of 8 to 13. But their physical growth only becomes complete at the age of 20. As a highly social creature, not just the mother elephant but the full members of the herd take care of a newborn elephant.