African Elephant Overview
The scientific name of the African Elephant is Loxodonta
The African Elephant is the largest living land animal.
The African Elephant is also referred to as the Bush
Elephant or the Savanna Elephant. The African Elephant
lives in a range of habitats from desert to high rain
The male African Elephant can be twice the size of
the female African Elephant. African Elephants are much
larger than Asian Elephants. Male African Elephants
grow to a height of 10-13 feet and weigh approximately
15,000 lbs. African Elephants have ears that are bigger
than an Asian Elephant. Both male and female African
Elephants have tusks.
African Elephants are the largest land animals. Their
long trunk is actually an extension of their upper lip
and nose. They use their trunks to communicate with
each other, and to bathe and feed themselves.
The African Elephant can feed for up to 20 hours each
day, consuming vegetation that is equivalent to 5% of
its body weight. African Elephants also usually visits
a water source daily to wallow, bathe and drink. African
Elephants will sometimes wallow in thick mud. The thick
mud protects their skin from sun and insects.
The African Elephant lives in matriarchal societies.
The elephant calf stays with its mother for thee first
3-4 years of life and may also be protected b other
females in the herd.
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