Elephants are a huge part of popular culture and show up as metaphors across the globe, famous for their size, Tusks, wisdom and altruism however many people who live outside the normal, range of elephants are unfamiliar with facts about these beautiful creatures .
We all call them “Elephants” without knowing that we are referring to many species ,until 2010 only two elephant species were recognized but genetic tests have revealed three which are Asian alpha maximus , African bush elephant loxodonta afrcana also famous as (savanna elephants) and African bush elephant loxodonta cyclones. The Asian elephant is the smallest with small ears and tusks they usually hold their heads erect than African elephants with no protruding upper lip but rather a a short finger like lower lip for manipulation of it’s food and objects around.
Both African elephants have larger ears although forest elephants have rounder ears, less hairy , have larger tusks rounded forehead and have two finger like lips on their trunks. The forest elephant has slightly straight downward-pointing tusks while the Bush elephant possess magnificent curved tusks, but one thing most elephants share in common is that they are crepuscular which means they are active during dawn and evening though this could vary depending on climate. It’s a shame and unfortunate to see such iconic species being turned into one of the most endangered species today that I could bet any amount of money if you go online every morning you must find news about elephants being killed for IVORY ..
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