African Elephant facts: the largest living land animals | Animal Fact Files

African elephants are the largest living land animals in the world. They are currently listed as threatened by extinction. While they do have predators like lions, hyenas, wild dogs, and crocodiles, the greatest threats to African elephant populations are anthropogenic. African elephants spend most of their waking hours eating - some may eat upwards of 300 pounds (136kg) in a single day! In fact, African elephants have to eat so much food that they end up only sleeping about four hours each day. What a wonderful life. African elephant clans are made up of mostly females and immature males. Mature males live alone or in loose bachelor groups. The largest female of the group is typically the matriarch and her offspring are the first in line for taking over responsibility for the clan when she passes. African elephants are know to mourn the passing of their group members and are believed to have an excellent memory. Scientific Name: Genus - Loxodonta - African savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana) - African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) Range: fragmented populations across Africa mostly confined to protected sanctuaries Size: 4,400 and 13,450 pounds (2,000-6,100kg) in weight; 7 to 13 feet (2.2-4m) at shoulder height Diet: fruits, grasses, bark, and twigs Lifespan: up to 70 years Support the channel on Patreon: You can learn more on: Twitter - Facebook - --- We always do what we can to be as accurate as possible, but we're only human; if you catch a mistake please let us know and provide a link for verification! --- All images, videos and sound effects used herein are 1) public domain, 2) used under a Creative Commons license, 3) used with the express permission of the copyright holder, or 4) used under the parameters of Fair Use law. Credits via Flickr: sgustin78 -; Joe Turco - Michael Sprague - Cyndy Sims Parr -; brando -; Bernard DUPONT -;;;;; Credits via Wiki Users: Bamse - Cephas - Other attributions: Stand Up for Nature -;; sraosha - In the Shadows of the Congo Basin Forest, Elephants Fall to the Illegal Ivory Trade Gross L PLoS Biology Vol. 5, No. 4, e115 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050115 - Websites used for research collection: This video is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license (*. *you can find information about all the different types of CC licenses here: **changes were made to the original Transcript: alugha Click here to see more videos:

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