Range Map of Woolly Mammoths

Quick Facts

Type: Mammal

Diet: Herbivore

Average lifespan: 60 – 80 years

Size: 13 feet tall

Weight: Average, 6 tons

Woolly Mammoth Jokes

Q. Why did the Great Woolly Mammoth cross the road?

A: Because they didn’t have chickens in the Ice Age.

Q. What time is it when a Great Woolly Mammoth sits on your igloo?

A: Time to build another igloo.

Q. What is huge, shaggy, has 16 feet and sounds terrible.

A: A Mammoth barbershop quartet.

Q. What’s huge and shaggy with tusks and horns?

A: The Woolly Mammoth Marching Band!

Q. What would you give to a Mammoth that is having an anxiety attack?

A: Trunkquilizers!

Q. What is shaggy, has a wand, huge wings, flies at night, and gives money to Woolly Mammoths?

A: The tusk fairy!

Q. What weighs 4 tons and has 16 wheels?

A: A Mammoth on roller skates!

Q. Why do Woolly Mammoths have trunks?

A: Because they’d look pretty silly with glove compartments.

Q. What’s another reason Mammoths have trunks?

A: Because they’d also look silly carrying suitcases!

Q. How do you know when a Mammoth is under your bed?

A: Your nose gets cold because it’s squished against the top of your igloo.

Q. How do you run over a Mammoth?

A: Climb up its tail, run to its head, and slide down its trunk.

Q. What do you get if you cross a Woolly Mammoth and a kangaroo?

A: Big holes all over the ice!

Woolly Mammoth Types

Woolly Mammoth Anatomy

Woolly Mammoths

    • Were roughly about the size of modern African elephants


    • Like their thick coat of fur, their shortened ears were an important cold-weather adaptation because it minimized frostbite and heatloss


    • Scientists can discern a woolly mammoth’s age from the rings of its tusk, like looking at the rings of a tree


    • The first fully documented woolly mammoth skeleton was discovered in 1799


    • Although, most of the woolly mammoth population died out by 10,000 years ago, a small population of 500-1000 woolly mammoths lived on Wrangel Island until 1650 BC. That’s only about 4,000 years ago!


    • Coexisted with early humans, who used its bones and tusks for making art, tools, and dwellings, and the species was also hunted for food


  • Woolly mammoths would have eaten similar vegetation to modern-day elephants, browsing the forests for leaves, fruits, nuts, twigs and berries.