Elephants do have memories.  A trained elephant has been known to obey a command even if it has no heard the command for a long time.

Perhaps the idea that “an elephant never forgets” comes from tales of elephants that have been injured by men and, years later, attacked the men who had done the harm.


One elephant, it is said, learned to throw stone with its trunk at a person whom it did not like.

The elephant’s unusual willingness to learn and obey commands has also given it a reputation for great intelligence, there is no real evidence that an elephant never forgets.

There are many myths about elephants.   Some people think that elephants are afraid of mice, for instance.  The idea is that an elephant is frightened because it thinks the mouse may suffocate it by crawling into the end of its trunk.  The elephant would blow it out with a mighty sneeze. – Dick Rogers