African Elephant
Loxadonta africana

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Range and habitat:
African elephant live in the savannas and forests of central and southern Africa.

Natural diet:
This species eats bark, leaves, roots, fruits and grass.

Size / weight range:
Males can grow up to 10 feet tall and weigh up to 14,000 pounds. Females are smaller.

Interesting facts:
The elephants at The Toledo Zoo are part of a Species Survival Program (SSP) in conjunction with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSPs help ensure a healthy and genetically diverse population in zoos throughout the country. African elephants are threatened in the wild.

Families or sub-clans consist of cows and young of both sexes. Several families make up a clan headed by a matriarch, an older cow with larger size and awareness. Bulls and sub-adults stay apart led by a bull.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Tembo Trail

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