3 Different Species of Elephant

If you didn’t know already, when the word ‘elephant’ is said, we are actually referring to several different species. Until 2010, only 2 species of elephant were scientifically recognised. However, genetic testing has revealed that there are at least 3 species. These are the Asian elephant alphas maximus, the African bush elephant loxodonta Africana (also called the savannah elephant), and the African forest elephant loxodonta cyclones. The Asian elephant is the smallest, and has small ears and tusks. They have two prominent bumps on their foreheads. They hold their heads more erect than both African elephants, have no protruding upper lip, and have a single short finger-like lip at the end of their trunk which they use for fine manipulation of objects. Both African elephants have larger ears, although the...

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The Value and Popularity of Ivory

For those who don’t know, Ivory is a hard white material that is found in the tusks of elephants and other tusked animals like hippos and walruses. Although rhinos have similar looking horns, these aren’t actually made from ivory. However, rhinos are also illegally hunted for their horns because they are used in lots of medicines in China and the Far East in general. In China and Hong Kong, ivory is seen as precious material and is used in ornaments and jewellery. It’s also sometimes used in traditional Chinese medicine. Many affluent Chinese people think that owning ivory makes them look more successful. Others think that ivory will bring them good luck. China has the biggest ivory trade in the world and wildlife experts believe that approximately 70 per cent...

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Three Interesting Elephant Facts You May Not Know!

Size African elephants are the larger of the two species. They grow 8.2 to 13 feet (2.5 to 4 meters) from shoulder to toe and weigh 5,000 to 14,000 lbs. (2,268 to 6,350 kilograms), according to the National Geographic. Asian elephants can grow up to 6.6 to 9.8 feet (2 to 3 m) from shoulder to toe and weigh up to 2.25 to 5.5 tons (2,041 to 4,990 kg). Habitat African elephants live in sub-Saharan Africa, the rain forests of Central and West Africa and the Sahel desert in Mali. Asian elephants live in Nepal, India and Southeast Asia in scrub forests and rain forests. Diet Elephants eat grasses, roots, fruit and bark. They use their tusks to pull the bark from trees and dig roots out of the ground. An elephant has an...

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Elephant tusks made of…

When you think of an elephant, you automatically think of their big ears and tusks! Here’s one fact that you may not know, an elephant’s tusks are nothing more than a set of the elephant’s teeth! What they’re made up of is known as ivory (which we’re sure you did know), a type of tissue high in calcium also known as dentin which is found in the teeth of most animals. As an elephant’s tusks can grow to be several feet in length, the ivory in these special teeth is different than most other animal’s teeth because it appears in such a great quantity! Since ivory is easy to carve and smooth, it’s often been very sought-after for use in making everything from decorative items to tools. However, the purchase...

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Elephant Safaris: A time bomb

There are many things in the world that people consider worthy of their bucket lists; especially when it comes to seeing things while travelling the world. Many people consider the remaining wonders of the world; things like The Great Wall of China, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil or the legendary pyramids of Egypt. However, for many people there are some things that need to be seen quickly, before they become extinct. Elephants Safaris are one such thing. Elephant numbers have diminished massively over the past one hundred years; mainly because of the greed and ignorance of humans. Poachers have driven numbers down, and people who seek ivory as a luxury resource, too, have driven the elephants almost to the point of extinction. As such many people are taking this opportunity...

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