Loxodonta africana

Elephants are expansive warm blooded animals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. They are currently the largest land animal on earth. Two species of elephants exist: Asian and African elephants. Asian elephants are smaller than their African counterparts. African elephants have larger, fan-shaped ears, which some believe actually resemble the shape of the African continent. Elephants are either left or right-tusked and the one they use more is usually smaller because of wear and tear. Elephants have the longest gestation period of any mammal. A single calf is born to a female after a gestation period of 22 months. Amazingly, 16-18 hours of an elephant’s day is spent eating. Elephants eat between 149 and 169 kg (330-375 lb.) of vegetation daily.



Found in these top parks and game reserves

    • Amboseli National Park
    • Chobe National Park
    • Etosha National Park
    • Greater Kruger National Park
    • Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
    • Hwange National Park
    • Kruger National Park
    • Kwando, Linyanti & Selinda Reserves
    • Liwondé National Park
    • Madikwe Game Reserve

Found in these countries:

  •  Botswana
  •  DR Congo
  •  Gabon
  •  Kenya
  •  Malawi
  •  Mozambique
  •  Namibia
  •  Rwanda
  •  South Africa
  •  Tanzania
  •  Uganda
  •  Zambia
  •  Zimbabwe

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