African Bush Elephant
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Size: Males are larger than females; measurements from head to tail are between 9 and as long as 12 feet, weighing between 8 thousand and even as much as 13 200 pounds.
Habitat: Elephants can live in a variety of areas: deserts, savannas, marshes.
Diet: Herbivorous; plants; grass, leaves and bark from trees. The elephant also drinks up to 50 gallons of water in a single day.
Breeding: Rainy season; 1 calf born every 4 to 9 years. Calves gestate for 22 months and weigh between 250 to 300 pounds when born.
Notes: Though the elephant needs huge amounts of water per day, it can also survive long periods without it.
Warnings: Rogue elephants and females with young may charge or attack!
Description & Behavior
The African bush elephant has a large, bulky body; color varies from light to dark grey to grayish brown with patches of black hairs and a tuft of black hair at the end of their slender tail. The African bush elephant has large flap-like ears that can measure up to 4 feet across and one long powerful trunk with two finger-like protrusions (can be up to 5 feet long) that can lift up to 600 pounds. Tusks; though more common in males. The African elephant also has 3 toes on each foot.