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Fact: The African elephant is the largest land animal, and can weigh up to eight tons and grow to thirteen feet high.
Source: World Almanac Education Group

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A majestic African elephant, Loxodonta africana.
Image Source: Gary M. Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Fact: The degree of dexterity in an African elephant's trunk is so acute, that it can turn the pages of a book, or pluck a single blade of grass. More practically, elephants use their trunks for smelling, caressing, grasping (including picking berries), hurling mud and dusting themselves, and a wide variety of other functions. Their trunk has no bones, and is capeable of lifting up to 600 pounds!
Source: africaguide.com and Jeff Corwin, Animal Planet

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A side view of the African elephant.
Image Source: Gary M. Stolz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Fact: Man is the biggest threat to elephants, as they have no natural predators. Estimates of elephants in the wild place the population of African elephants under 600,000, and Asian elephants under 40,000.
Source: Wayne State University

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