|Thematic picture show - The Animals - African Bush Elephant|
Last updated 2008.03.19
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The African Elephant, or as it is called now, the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) is one of the three living species of elephants. Formerly, the smaller African Bush Elephant and the African Forest Elephant were simply known as the African Elephant but recent studies have shown that they should be considered distinct species. However, this distinction is still debated.
The African Bush or Savanna Elephant is the largest land dwelling mammal, reaching 6 to 7 m in height and weighing up to 10 tonnes.
The elephant is widespread throughout Eastern and Southern Africa but the population size has decreased dramatically due to poaching.