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African Forest Elephant

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African Forest Elephant
Range Congo Basin
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Proboscidea
Family Elephantidae
Genus Loxodonta
Species Loxodonta cyclotis
Conservation Status

The African Forest Elephant is a species from the [Loxodonta] genus.


Differences include the African forest elephant's long, narrow mandible (the African bush elephant's is short and wide), its rounded ears (an African bush elephant's ears are more pointed), straighter and downward tusks, considerably smaller size, and number of toenails. The male African forest elephant rarely exceeds 2.5 metres (8 ft) in height, while the African bush elephant is usually over 3 metres (just under 10 feet) and sometimes almost 4 metres (13 ft) tall. With regard to the number of toenails: the African bush elephant normally has 4 toenails on the frontfoot and 3 on the hindfoot, the African forest elephant normally has 5 toenails on the frontfoot and 4 on the hindfoot (like the Asian elephant), but hybrids between the two species occur.


Needs Information


The African forest elephant is an herbivore and commonly eats leaves, fruit, and bark, with occasional visits to mineral licks.




Needs Information



        . leapards and crocodiles don't hunt adult forest elephants. They prey on their calves and the mother either                  stomps on her feet or charged at them and injured them with their tusks.


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