Elephant, African

Elephant, African

Loxodonta africana

Vital Statistics


10 feet


8,000 - 16,000 lbs


Timothy hay, elephant feed, fruits and vegetables


Status: Vulnerable

Geographic Region

Savannahs of central and southern Africa

At The Zoo

Fabric of Africa

Did You Know?

The tusks are actually their incisor teeth, which are formed entirely of dentine (ivory) with no enamel; the rest of the teeth are molars. They grow six sets of molars throughout their lifetime. By around the age 60, the last set of molars has been worn down by their coarse food and the elephant dies of starvation. This is the most common cause of natural death.