Elephant Facts

African elephants are the favorite animals of many people around the world. Afican elephants are larger than Asian elephants. The males can stand 12 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 12,000 pounds, while females are a bit smaller in the 8,000 to 11,000 pound range. They have four molars that weigh about 11 pounds each, and these are replaced six times throughout their lives as the front ones wear down and the back ones shift forward.

African Elephant tusks can weigh from 50 to 100 pounds and stretch up to 8 feet in length. Both cows and bulls have tusks. The two main african elephant species are the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).

African elephant conservation efforts are underway throughout the world, but every once in a while african elephant communities grow too large and need to be culled to preserve the ecosystem. Just take a look around to find african elephant facts and pictures of african elephants. We also have created a directory of zoos that have African elephants and found a live African elephant camera!

AfricanElephants.com has a great unique feature: Ask the Expert! We have partnered with an expert in the field of African Elephants and he will answer many user submitted questions. Check out the questions and answers that he has already completed. Our african elephant expert Tim is an experienced researcher who often spends his summer in Africa studying elephants up close.

The scientific name for the African elephant is Loxodonta africana. There are currently two subspecies, the savanna or bush elephant Loxodonta africana africana and the forest elephant, Loxodonta africana cyclotis. Some researchers think these are actually two distinct species but this is still being debated.

According to the 2007 African Elephant Status Report, a document put out by a group of elephant researchers, there are currently over 550,000 elephants in Africa. It is not possible to know exactly how many elephants there are in the entire continent because individuals are born and die every day and sometimes animals are missed when a count is conducted. For example, if researchers are counting the number of elephants in a national park, they might miss some that are in dense brush or under trees. Also, the number above does not include African elephants in captivity.

Male African elephants can grow to be about 10.8 ft (3.3m) tall while females are smaller, growing up to about 8.5 ft (2.6m). The average height of humans is around 5.5 ft (1.7m) so elephants can be anywhere from 25% larger to double the height of people.

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stephanie August 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

African elephants have big ears

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Olivia October 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

This is a good website for projects, me and friends r using it 4 that reason!

Thank you who ever made this web!

<3,
Olivia
Caroline
Jadis

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Olivia October 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

Sure do!
They have the biggest ear out of all the oth. elephants!!!!

AMAZING!

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Christine November 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

THere is only one other kind of elephant and that is the asian elephant. And yes African elephant’s ears are bigger than asian elephants

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Cayla January 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I LOVE ELEPHANTS! They are the best animal is the worldd. I even proved it! Lol

~Thank You~
Cayla<33

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grace February 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I love this website can we go on it 4ever?

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Cordelia March 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

this is a great website

thank you <3

from Cordelia
Monte Carlo

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Corny April 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

Hey yayl I love this website oh yeah African elephants are my life, this website is like my facebook i go on it every single day!!!

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sarah June 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

whats the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species?
because thats what i need to finish my project…. help?

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lucious June 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

These elephants are awsome and i love them.

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Linda November 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

So, I need to know the survival adaptations of an African Elephant. I’m doing a project
It would be great if the expert that was said to be answering questions could tell me some before it’s due (which is highky unlikely, but it doesn’t hurt to hope). It’s due thursday november 21 and i can’t move further into my project without this piece of information. Please, please, please help.

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allie April 12, 2014 at 3:04 am

I love the African elephants. especially the calf’s [baby African elephant] xD

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layla October 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Whats the authors name. people need to think of these things

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Miles January 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Hi,I’m doing a report on african elephants and i need to know what climate they live in can you please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks

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Miles January 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm

oh and its due February 10 so Please get back to me

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