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COMMON NAME
African Elephant
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Loxodonta africana
(Blumembach,1797)
Elephants have 6 sets of molar teeth; when the last set is lost, the animal is unable to feed and eventually dies. Their lifespan is about 50 to 60 years.
Elephants eat practically any vegetable matter. Leaves, grass, reeds, roots, flowers, fruits, bark and even soil if the mineral content is high.
They eat about 250 Kg of food and drink about 150 to 200 liters of water a day.

The picture on the left was taken at
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

Elephant bull
Wildlife Pictures - Picture taken ar Sabi Sabi Game Reserve
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Last revised: July 10, 2005.
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