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African Elephant

Loxodonta africana


The African Elephant is the largest land mammal on Earth. Amazingly intelligent and self aware, elephants will travel for miles to places they remember for water and food for year after year. Female elephants (called cows) live in family groups with their young led by a matriarch. Adult males (called bulls) either wander alone or sometimes form bachelor groups. They are vegetarian. Elephants are in danger! They are hunted and poached for their ivory and their numbers have fallen drastically. They also suffer from habitat loss as human populations grow and spread. There are many groups working on protecting and helping elephants survive and thrive in their native habitats. This posting is an early support of World Elephant Day, which will be on Sunday, August 12.


Maasi Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Savanna land.


Young calf and a member of the same family herd.

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ForestDragon 8 years ago

Thank you. I was noticing that as well. They remind me of the photos from old magazines or something. Wonders of technology!

Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Stunning, I also like the "old" feeling of the pics knowing how they came about.

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Updated/Changed one picture.

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