Conservation Status: Least Concern
There’s something special about elephants.  It’s not just their immense size, incredible
trunk, great ears and magnificent tusks … elephants are gentle, intelligent, loving and
loyal.  They deserve our special care.  Sadly elephants face many threats … both in
the wild and in captivity.

The African elephant is the largest land mammal in the world. Its tusks become curved
as they grow, and in males they can reach lengths of up to 350cm. Its large, triangular
ears are not only perfect for collecting sound, but they are also used for releasing
body heat, and elephants spread them out to intimidate other animals. African
elephants usually move in herds of around 10, with the oldest female as leader. Male
elephants often leave the herd around the age of 10 years, and lead solitary lives.
Elephants are herbivorous and feed on leaves, branches, tree bark and fruit.

Poaching significantly reduced the population of Loxodonta in certain regions during
the 20th century. An example of this poaching pressure is in the eastern region of
Chad—elephant herds there were substantial as recently as 1970, with an estimated
population of 300,000; however, by 2006 the number had dwindled to about 10,000.
The African elephant nominally has governmental protection, but poaching is still a
serious issue

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The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-
term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the
context of human needs and pressures through scientific
research, training, community outreach and public
The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world
to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.
Free protects wild elephants and their habitat in Africa and Asia, fights the brutal ivory
trade, cares for orphaned calves, opposes the capture of wild elephants for zoos, and
campaigns against exploitation.  Activate, Born Free's proactive letter-writing team, gets
you directly involved with our campaigns to help animals.  Contact us now for your FREE
starter pack on 01403 240170 or
Our mission is to secure a future for elephants and
to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the
places where they live; to promote man’s delight in
their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and
to develop a tolerant relationship between the two
Save the Elephants
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