The African Elephant is the largest land animal in the world. Their large ears allow them to radiate excess heat, and they grow tusks that help them protect themselves from predators. These tusks are article of many debates, seeing as they are considered to be quite valuable. Recently, in Kenya as protest to the killing of these majestic animals, thousands of tusks were gathered from those that had been taken by killing elephants, and were burned to show people the importance of keeping these animals safe. As valuable as the tusks are, they aren’t as valuable as the animals’ life.
The African Elephants are only slightly different from their cousins, the Asian Elephants. The African Elephant is larger, and their ears are quite distinct in that they are said to form the shape of Africa. Although the Asian Elephants are known to be friendlier, the African Elephant gathers a lot more attention by simply living in the wild the way they do.
These elephants can be found in every national park in Tanzania, as well as 36 other countries in Africa. Safaris to Tarangire National Park and Serengeti National Park show the immense strength of these animals as they leave a wake of ‘destruction’ in the form of fallen trees in their wake. Though it seems excessive and scary, one can’t help but to be amazed by this majestic animal.
Here are a couple of interesting facts about African Elephants that you may not have known about:
-The gestation period (pregnancy period) for an African Elephant is 8 to 22 months.
-Elephants can live up to 70 years.
-They are able to swim for very long distances.
-They consume up to 300 to 495 pounds of food per day.
-They live in tight social groups.
-They weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds.
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