Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

African Elephant


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Loxodonta africana
PROFILE:

The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial mammal! They usually only seek water once per day. When it gets too hot, you may see an African elephant flapping its ears to create air currents over the blood vessels in the ears to rid itself of excess body heat. You can view our African elephants in the new Giants of the Savanna exhibit!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Proboscidea (elephants)
NATIVE TO:
Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Near threatened
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 65 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Females - herds and large family groups; males - solitary or in pairs.
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