Animal of the Week!
This week’s animal is the African Elephant. There are two different species of African elephant combined into one big species: the African bush elephant and the African forest elephant. The bush elephant is the largest land-living species, coming in at up to 13 feet tall at the shoulders. These animals are pretty massive, weighing anywhere from 8,000 to 13,000 pounds when fully grown! These animals are herbivores, eating anything from trees and shrubs to marine plants. Elephants have four molars used to chew the plants it eats. As the teeth wear down, new ones grow in until the elephant is about 40 to 60 years old. The last set of teeth fall out and the elephant likely dies of starvation due to an inability to properly feed itself. These elephants are found in Southern, Eastern, and Western Africa in forests, woodlands, or deserts.