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Description of African Elephants
The African Elephant is described as the Loxodonta africana of Africa. They are very large, grey, four-legged herbivorous mammals. They have almost hairless skin, a distinctive long, flexible, prehensile trunk. Its upper incisors form long curved tusks of ivory. African Elephants have large fan-shaped ears and two “fingers” at the tip of its trunk, compared to only one in the Asian species.

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Understanding Scientific names of animals
The scientists who study animals (zoology) are called zoologists. Each animal that is studied is classified, that is, split into descriptive groups starting with main groups ( vertebrates and invertebrates ) the Families of animals are also included such as Ursidae ( the family of bears) and the families are then split into species such as Ursus americanus (American Black Bear)

Facts about where African Elephants live and what they eat!
African Elephants are herbivores and eat all types of vegetation such as grasses, leaves, fruits, and bark

Facts about the African Elephants ears

  • Despite the size of ears the African Elephant’s hearing is poor
  • They have bigger ears than Indian Elephants
  • African Elephants ears are used to aid ventilation
  • One of the softest parts of their body is at the back of the ears, which is called the knuckle. Elephant trainers use their feet to steer or give commands to the animal via the knuckle at the back of the ears

Basic Facts about African Elephants

The name of an adult male is referred to as a bull
The name of an adult female is referred to as a cow
The name or offspring, or a baby Elephant, is a calf
The average size of a litter is just one Elephant
The collective name for a group of Elephants is a herd
The sounds made by an adult Elephant are referred to as grunts, purrs, bellows, whistles and trumpeting

Facts about the Size of Male African Elephants
A fully grown adult reaches the height of 10 - 13 feet
Adult African Elephants weigh about 15,400 pounds


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Facts about the life, behavior and personality of the African Elephants

  • The African Elephant is the largest of all land mammals
  • Life Span - African Elephants can live for up to 70 years
  • Elephants normally walk about 4 mph
  • Elephants are able to swim for long distances
  • Elephants spend about 16 hours a day eating
  • African elephants consume as much as 495 pounds of food per day
  • They live in tight social units led by an older matriarch
  • Males leave the herd between the ages of 12 and 15
  • Their tusks are of ivory and are actually enormously enlarged incisors
  • The African Elephant's eyes are small and its eyesight is poor
  • They have the largest brains in the animal kingdom

African Elephant and Calf

What does that word mean??
Some fascinating information & facts about the words that are often used to describe animals! Read the facts and information and decide how African Elephants should be described!
  • What is a Mammal?
    • A Mammal is a warm blooded, vertebrate mammal. Warm blooded means that their temperature remains the same although their surroundings might change. This explains why they have a covering of hair on their skin. A mammal has milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing their young

  • What is a Vertebrate?
    • A Vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone which consists of ring-like bones, called vertebrae, that protect the soft spinal cord
  • What is an Invertebrate?
    • An Invertebrate animal does not have a backbone. They are also cold-blooded which means their body temperature changes according to the environment environment
  • What is a Carnivore?
    • A Carnivore is an animal which eats mainly meat
  • What is a Herbivore?
    • A Herbivore is an animal which eats mainly plants and grass 
  • What is an Omnivore?
    • An Omnivore is an animal which eats both meat and plants
  • What is an Amphibian?
    • An Amphibian is an animal spend part of its life under water (breathing with gills) and the remainder on land (breathing with lungs)

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Endangered Species
Wild life experts consider that African Elephants are an endangered species. They are protected by the African Elephant Conservation Act and the Endangered Species Act. An “endangered” species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The Causes of a species of animal becoming endangered are due to Habitat Destruction, Introduction of Exotic Species, Disease, Pollution, and Over exploitation. Endangered Species Organizations are dedicated to saving and preserving the world's most endangered wildlife. The ivory trade and diminishing habitats are the greatest threats to African Elephants. Interesting facts about endangered Species

Conservation Status - for more info click Endangered Species:

  • The African Elephant is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'vulnerable'
    • Vulnerable - VU (Status: Threatened) - At risk because of their natural declining numbers are facing high-risk in their natural surroundings


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