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African Bush Elephant

AFRICAN BUSH ELEPHANTS Loxodonta africana Mashatu Game Reserve Bobirwa Province, Botswana By Mike Dexter Durban, South Africa

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Male African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana) at Chobe National Park, Botswana - photo by Ben Cranke, via Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's 2012 Nature's Best Photography Awards; Winner: African Wildlife; African elephants are the heaviest land mammals, with males weighing 10,000 to 13,000 pounds, and bearing tusks that can weigh up to 100 pounds each.

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African Bush Elephant Calves by Art Wolfe Photographer of the Year - 2013 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards

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African elephants are the elephants of the genus Loxodonta, consisting of two extant species: the African bush elephant and the smaller African forest elephant. Loxodonta is one of the two existing genera in the family Elephantidae.

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A female African Bush Elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Do click on this image and on the next two for a much enlarged viewing of this beautiful elephant.

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from BBC News

Early life care shapes African elephants' future

"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences," "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives." Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

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from National Geographic

Animals - Animal Pictures - Wild Animal Facts - Nat Geo Wild

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