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In the past, the African elephant occurred throughout Africa, from theMediterranean Sea to the Cape of Good Hope at the bottom of the continent, except in parts of the Sahara andsome other desert regions. It disappeared from north of the Sahara by aboutthe 6th century AD. The elephant is still relatively widely distributed south of theSahara, but populations are now fragmented, especially in West and EastAfrica. Elephant population trends during the 20th century differedby region. In East Africa, there was a population maximum around 1970. Insouthern Africa, elephant numberswere at their lowest around the beginning of the 20th century and have beenincreasing steadily since then. In West Africa, major declines probably occurredwell before the turn of the 20th century, and the population has remained at lowlevels ever since.

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An interesting statistic found in the book about this issue; a general estimation shows that Man is clearing more forests in one day that all the elephants in Africa will 'destroy' within one year.


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The African elephant consumes about 5% of its body weight in 24 hours. Its daily food intake averages 150 kg (330 lb) and ranges up to 300 kg (660 lb). The quality of food has a significant impact on the quantity consumed: the more nutritious the food, the less is required. Feeding is a constant process with a peak in the morning.


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Male African elephants average about 3.2 m (10.5') in height and weigh an average of 5000 kg (11,000lb). Females are smaller. It feeds on a wide variety of plants, ranging from grass to the leaves, twigs andflowers of trees. The forest elephant also feeds on a wide variety of tree fruits. While searching for food and water, the African elephant can walk upto 500 km (300 mi). It can run (for short distances) as fast as 40 kph (25 mph),and it is an excellent swimmer.

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In the past, the African elephant occurred throughout Africa, from theMediterranean Sea to the Cape of Good Hope at the bottom of the continent, except in parts of the Sahara andsome other desert regions. It disappeared from north of the Sahara by aboutthe 6th century AD. The elephant is still relatively widely distributed south of theSahara, but populations are now fragmented, especially in West and EastAfrica. Elephant population trends during the 20th century differedby region. In East Africa, there was a regional population maximum aroundthe late 1960s and early 1970s. In southern Africa, elephant numbers were at their lowest around thebeginning of the 20th century and have beenincreasing steadily since then. In West Africa, major declines probably occurredwell before the turn of the 20th century, and the population has remained at lowlevels ever since. There is insufficient information on sub-regional trends inCentral Africa prior to 1977, but elephant populations have probably declinedsince. Overall there remains insufficient information to determine a currenttrend at the continental level.

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Elephants have a matriarchal head. The family will consist of an older matriarch, her daughters (usually about 3 or 4 of them) and their calves. A typical elephant family usually comprises 6 to 12 individual […]