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The African elephant is the largest living land mammal and has the heaviest brain of any animal. The largest recorded individual reached 4 metres in height at the shoulder and weighed 10 tonnes. There are two subspecies of African elephant, the savanna elephant and the forest elephant (which is considered by some authorities to be a separate species), which occur in a wide range of forest, grassland and semi-desert habitats across eastern, southern and western Africa. The social structures of the African elephant are very complex, with most herds being composed of closely-related female elephants and their calves, led by a matriarch. Elephants can live to the age of 70 and females typically producing one young every three years. The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list and the main threats are hunting for ivory, poaching for meat and competition with growing human populations (around 70% of elephants live outside protected areas).
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) close up of leag approaching - remote camera. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2015.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) close up of leag approaching - remote camera. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. August 2015.
African elephants (Loxodonta africana) family herd feeding on loose soil for its minerals, with dramatic stormy skies behind, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.  Taken with remote wide angle camera.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephants (Loxodonta africana) family herd feeding on loose soil for its minerals, with dramatic stormy skies behind, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Taken with remote wide angle camera.
Herd of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) walking, Kenya  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Herd of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) walking, Kenya
African elephants (Loxodonta africana) drinking in low evening light at a waterhole, Chobe District, Botswana. Vulnerable species.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / African elephants (Loxodonta africana) drinking in low evening light at a waterhole, Chobe District, Botswana. Vulnerable species.
African elephants (Loxodonta africana) small herd at waterhole at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia  -  Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / African elephants (Loxodonta africana) small herd at waterhole at sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Portrait of an African elephant (Loxodonta africana) on Selinda Reserve, Botswana.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Portrait of an African elephant (Loxodonta africana) on Selinda Reserve, Botswana.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) calf portrait, Botswana.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) calf portrait, Botswana.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Zebra (Equus quagga) at waterhole at night, Mkuze, South Africa Third place in the Nature Portfolio category of the World Press Photo Awards 2017.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Zebra (Equus quagga) at waterhole at night, Mkuze, South Africa Third place in the Nature Portfolio category of the World Press Photo Awards 2017.
Elephants (Loxodonta africana) at waterhole drinking at night. One spraying water from trunk, Zimanga Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Elephants (Loxodonta africana) at waterhole drinking at night. One spraying water from trunk, Zimanga Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Silhouette of African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)  dust bathing at sunset, Khwai River, Botswana  (non-ex)  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Silhouette of African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) dust bathing at sunset, Khwai River, Botswana (non-ex)
Young African elephants with trunks entwined, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Young African elephants with trunks entwined, Masai Mara, Kenya
African elephant {Loxodonta africana} bulls walking in line, Etosha national park, Namibia.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African elephant {Loxodonta africana} bulls walking in line, Etosha national park, Namibia.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) swimming. Botswana  -  Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) swimming. Botswana
Two African elephants (Loxodonta africana) approaching with curiosity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Two African elephants (Loxodonta africana) approaching with curiosity, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, February
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) baby standing between legs of mother, captive, Knowsley Safari Park, UK (non-ex)  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) baby standing between legs of mother, captive, Knowsley Safari Park, UK (non-ex)
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking to waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia, August  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking to waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia, August
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking in procession, Kaokoveld Desert, Namibia  -  Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking in procession, Kaokoveld Desert, Namibia
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) close up of trunk and tusks while feeding, Marakele NP, South Africa  (non-ex)  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) close up of trunk and tusks while feeding, Marakele NP, South Africa (non-ex)
Young African elelphants (Loxodonta africana) in herd at a waterhole. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, July  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Young African elelphants (Loxodonta africana) in herd at a waterhole. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, July
African elephant herd in heat haze {Loxodonta africana} Kenya  -  Karl Ammann
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Karl Ammann / African elephant herd in heat haze {Loxodonta africana} Kenya
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) breeding herd crossing river, Samburu GR, Kenya~**Not available for world retail 2011 calendars**  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) breeding herd crossing river, Samburu GR, Kenya~**Not available for world retail 2011 calendars**
African elephant herd {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli Reserve, Kenya  -  Karl Ammann
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Karl Ammann / African elephant herd {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli Reserve, Kenya
African elephants (Loxodonta africana) large family group on migration, Amboseli National Park, Kenya  -  Ann & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / African elephants (Loxodonta africana) large family group on migration, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
RF- Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) herd in wetlands, aerial view, Okavango delta, Botswana (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / RF- Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) herd in wetlands, aerial view, Okavango delta, Botswana (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mother and baby on plains. Serengeti, Tanzania.  -  Charlie Summers
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Charlie Summers / Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mother and baby on plains. Serengeti, Tanzania.
African elephants silhouetted at sunset {Loxodonta africana} Caprivi strip, Namibia.  -  Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / African elephants silhouetted at sunset {Loxodonta africana} Caprivi strip, Namibia.
Mature African elephant with trunk raised {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli. Kenya  -  Brent Hedges
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Brent Hedges / Mature African elephant with trunk raised {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli. Kenya
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) male and Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya.  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) male and Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
African elephant herd (Loxodonta africana) walking, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. December  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant herd (Loxodonta africana) walking, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. December
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) mother playing with her calf. Dzanga Bai, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic.  -  Jabruson,Jabruson
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Jabruson,Jabruson / African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) mother playing with her calf. Dzanga Bai, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic.
RF- African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) large male feeding. Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / RF- African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) large male feeding. Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Herd of African elephant in mist {Loxodonta africana} Masai mara, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Herd of African elephant in mist {Loxodonta africana} Masai mara, Kenya
African elephant herd surround sleeping calf {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli GR, Kenya  -  Karl Ammann
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Karl Ammann / African elephant herd surround sleeping calf {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli GR, Kenya
African elephant babies with large ears (Loxodonta africana) Masai Mara NR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant babies with large ears (Loxodonta africana) Masai Mara NR, Kenya
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with trunk raised, Etosha National Park, Namibia, June  Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with trunk raised, Etosha National Park, Namibia, June Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use.
African elephant calf {Loxodonta africana} Etosha NP, Namibia  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / African elephant calf {Loxodonta africana} Etosha NP, Namibia
Young African elephant (Loxodonta africana) playing at the base of a tree, Samburu, Kenya  -  Piper Mackay
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Piper Mackay / Young African elephant (Loxodonta africana) playing at the base of a tree, Samburu, Kenya
Baby African elephants (Loxodonta africana) of various ages playing together, Addo national park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, January. Did you know? Elephants can tell the difference between different...  -  Ann & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Baby African elephants (Loxodonta africana) of various ages playing together, Addo national park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, January. Did you know? Elephants can tell the difference between different...
Sleeping African elephants (Loxodonta africana), two adults and offspring, Masai Mara, Kenya. Image taken at night using thermal camera technology without artificial light.  -  Martin Dohrn
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Martin Dohrn / Sleeping African elephants (Loxodonta africana), two adults and offspring, Masai Mara, Kenya. Image taken at night using thermal camera technology without artificial light.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with double rainbow in background, Masai Mara GR, Kenya, January  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with double rainbow in background, Masai Mara GR, Kenya, January
Young African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) calf. Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Young African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) calf. Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa.
Baby African elephant at play (Loxodonta africana) Masai Mara NR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Baby African elephant at play (Loxodonta africana) Masai Mara NR, Kenya
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) drinking from a water hole, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) drinking from a water hole, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, March
African elephant herd {Loxodonta africana} at night, Masai Mara. Starlight image intensifier camera image taken with no artificial light.  -  Martin Dohrn
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Martin Dohrn / African elephant herd {Loxodonta africana} at night, Masai Mara. Starlight image intensifier camera image taken with no artificial light.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking in line, female matriach at the front, Amboseli GR, Kenya, East Africa  -  Karl Ammann
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Karl Ammann / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd walking in line, female matriach at the front, Amboseli GR, Kenya, East Africa
African Forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) herd drinking and wallowing in a river, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Republic. December 2011.  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African Forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) herd drinking and wallowing in a river, Bai Hokou, Dzanga Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve, Central African Republic. December 2011.
African elephant infants (Loxodonta africana)playing. Masai Mara Nationa Reserve, Kenya. March  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African elephant infants (Loxodonta africana)playing. Masai Mara Nationa Reserve, Kenya. March
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull silhouetted against setting sun. Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa.  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull silhouetted against setting sun. Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa.
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