The African Elephant
The African elephant is the world's largest land mammal, with males weighing up to 7,500 kg. There are two subspecies - the savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana africana) inhabits grasslands and woodlands mostly in east and southern Africa; the smaller forest elephant (L.a. cyclotis - sometimes considered a separate species) is found in the dense tropical moist forests of central and west Africa.
People have always hunted elephants for meat, hides and ivory. Today there are around 500,000 elephants left in Africa and they still face threats from poaching, habitat loss and the illegal ivory trade. In 2000 WWF launched a new African Elephant Programme, which aims to provide strategic field interventions to help guarantee a future for this threatened species. If you want to learn more about this ambitious programme, visit the website of WWF's African Elephant Programme.
Riding an African elephant
(Loxodonta africana africana)
A ride on a trained African elephants provides the ultimate safari experience in the Wild Horizons Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe.