The largest land animals in the world today, there are two distinct species of elephants — the Asian elephant and the African elephant. African elephants can grow to a height of about 13 feet and weigh more than ten tons, or 20, pounds! Though smaller, Asian elephants can still grow to a height of 12 feet and weigh more than seven tons 14, lbs. They have the largest brain and longest gestation period of any land animal with each pregnancy averaging Elephants are also long-lived. Studies show African elephant life expectancy to be 41 years for females and 24 years for males, though the maximum lifespan for females is more than 65 years and close to 60 years for males.
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African Elephant | National Geographic
The largest living land mammals, elephants are intelligent, social and vital to their ecosystems. Much of what scientists know about wild elephant behavior comes from African bush elephant studies. Research on wild endangered Asian elephants is difficult and sparse, and zoo elephants are valuable sources of knowledge. Online visitors can catch a glimpse of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's elephants on the Elephant Cam. Asian elephant skin is gray, but parts sometimes lack color, especially on and around the ears, forehead and trunk.
How Much Does an Adult Male African Elephant Weigh?
Elephants are mammals of the family Elephantidae and the largest existing land animals. Three species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant , the African forest elephant , and the Asian elephant. Elephantidae is the only surviving family of the order Proboscidea ; extinct members include the mastodons. The family Elephantidae also contains several now-extinct groups, including the mammoths and straight-tusked elephants.
By Amelia Meyer. Q: Are elephants endangered? A: There are currently about African elephants including both the Savannah- and the Forest subspecies and approximately 40 Asian elephants roaming the earth. In , there were 1.