Jun 16, 2024, 04:08 PM IST

7 animals with longest pregnancies

Pavan Naidu

In the animal kingdom, there are many creatures that have gestation periods of over a year. Here are seven animals that have the longest pregnancy duration.

African Elephant

Known for their strength, the African elephant has one of the longest pregnancies in the animal kingdom, lasting a remarkable 22 months.

Frilled Shark

The frilled shark boasts a gestation period of up to 3.5 years, making it one of the longest among all vertebrates.

Sperm Whale

With a pregnancy lasting around 16 to 18 months, the sperm whale has an incredible endurance among marine mammals.


The tallest living terrestrial animal, giraffe can carry its young for approximately 15 months before giving birth to the next generation.


These tusked giants undergo a lengthy pregnancy of 15 to 16 months.


Rhinoceros, with their imposing presence and sturdy build, also boast a lengthy pregnancy period. Their gestation period lasts around 16 months.


Camels, often found in desert landscapes, are known for their long pregnancy durations, carrying their young for about 12-14 months.