Height at the shoulder: 8.2 to 13 feet
Weight:5,000 to 14,000 pounds
Did you know the African bush elephant, also known as the savanna elephant, is the largest land creature on the planet?
Now you do.
Despite its unparallelled size and strength, poachers have posed anominous threat to this imposing animal for decades. Its meat has some value, but the real selling point is its ivory tusks, which can fetch hefty sums on the black market.
That’s not the only threat these elephants face: Lions, leopards and hyenas feast on baby African bush elephants. Due to these and other forces, numbers have dwindled from, it’s estimated, as many as 5 million to about 415,000 today.
The remaining bush elephants can be found scattered throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Africa. They are social creatures that typically travel in herds led by females; adult males, however, tend to travel alone.
There are a great many safari vacations in places like Kenya that allow tourists a chance to meet these huge and intelligent creatures.