Meet Our Animals > African Elephant
Quick Facts
Native to Sub-saharan Africa in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, and South Africa
Primary Diet Grasses, herbs, leaves, fruit, bark, vines, shrubs
Adult Weight Males 10,000 to 12,000 pounds (5-6 tons); Females 8,000 to 10,000 pounds (4-5 tons)
Lifespan 50+ years
Status Endangered

African Elephant

The elephants that live on the African savanna have a huge influence on their ecosystem. As their herds move across the savanna, they feed on trees, breaking them up, often by pulling them up by the roots and crushing them. Without this tree clearing, the savanna would quickly grow from grassland to woodland.

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