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African Elephant (Ngorongoro Crater)

Loxodonta africana


The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal. Its thickset body rests on stocky legs and it has a concave back.[5] Its large ears enable heat loss.[6] Its upper lip and nose forms a trunk. The trunk acts as a fifth limb, a sound amplifier and an important method of touch. The African elephant's trunk ends in two opposing lips,[7] whereas the Asian elephant trunk ends in a single lip.[7] African elephants are bigger than Asian elephants. Males stand 3.2–4.0 m (10–13 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 4,700–6,048 kg (10,000–13,330 lb), while females stand 2.2–2.6 m (7.2–8.5 ft) tall and weigh 2,160–3,232 kg (4,800–7,130 lb).[8] The largest individual recorded stood four metres to the shoulders and weighed ten tonnes.[5]


The African elephant can be found in Eastern Southern and West Africa,[11] either in dense forests, mopane and miombo woodlands, Sahelian scrub or deserts.[6]


Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

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LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Hola July,
Could you add this African Elephant to the Endangered species of the World mission?

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thank you all! Thanks Karen, you are right, thats what I was told by our guide.

KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely! This is probably an old bull elephant nearing the end of it's life who has come down into the crater because the vegetation is lusher there & easier to chew. I included some more info on the Elephants of Ngorongoro in my spotting

PaulBeaudry 9 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Nice long tooth

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 9 years ago


July Llanes
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Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Jul 13, 2008
Submitted on Dec 14, 2011

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