In addition to being one of the most fascinating animals in the world, an elephant is a great source of entertainment for people who have never had the opportunity to see an elephant up close. While several different species are commonly referred to as elephants, there are also several subspecies.
The African Elephant is considered the largest living animal on the planet, with a total length of up to eight meters. Elephants are large mammals of the order Elephantidae, which is the largest living mammal family in the world. Three subspecies are recognized: the Savannah elephant, the plains elephant, and the forest elephant.
There is no exact number that can be assigned to how many species there are of the large elephant in the world. Estimates range from four to nine hundred thousand individuals. The African Forest Elephant, also known as the Kalahari Elephant, is also the largest of these.
They are found in southern Africa, mostly in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibian, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. This elephant is also the second-largest among the three subspecies of an elephant. The Asian Elephant is found in Asia, mainly in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh. These elephants are a subspecies of the African Elephant.
The African Elephant, along with the other three subspecies of the elephant is classified by their body size. The average body length for the wild African elephant is around seven feet. Their average weight is approximately four hundred and fifty kilos. Their tail length ranges between eighteen to twenty feet long, with a broad base. Their trunk is nearly twice as long as the body length.
The African Elephant is considered a large source of food for many human populations, because of its large size, great ecological role, and unique anatomy. They are highly territorial and are very protective of their home ranges. Because they are large and vulnerable animals, most human communities do not allow them to be farmed for food.
Although some communities do allow farming on certain portions of their range, elephant farming has been largely outlawed due to their vulnerability and the threat they pose to local people. Due to their importance, elephants often face severe threats and are sometimes are killed for being mistreated.
Many communities live alongside herds of elephants and work with them to keep the herds in good health. However, sometimes the presence of elephants creates conflicts or conflicts between communities or between people and wildlife.
The main threat that elephants pose to humans and local communities is caused by poaching. Poaching occurs when poachers kill animals, particularly the calves of elephants that have recently given birth.
Elephants can be taken out of their natural habitat, through hunting, poisoning, and being shot. Although hunting for ivory is illegal, it still happens, often under the guise of conservation.
Because elephants feed on vegetation and are vulnerable to human predators, they are sometimes eaten by farmers who use them for agricultural purposes, especially in the south. Poaching has become so serious that there have been several laws passed by the government that are aimed at reducing poaching.
A few countries have been able to reduce their population, or completely eradicate this problem.