The elephant’s memory has been greatly exaggerated. It does remember many things, but the statement, “An elephant never forgets,” is not true. Some people used to think that elephants particularly remembered an injury, but this does not seem to be true either.
Well-trained elephants can learn and remember about thirty spoken orders. Once they have learned these, elephants can be used as workers or as performers. They are gentle animals and do well at both jobs.
Even though an elephant can weigh up to 14,000 pounds, its brain tips the scales at a mere 11 pounds!