the elephant

The elephant

This enormous pachyderme is the largest African mammal. Elephants need a lot of water to drink, wash and bathe. They are better swimmers than hippos. Males, which can measure over 3m high, weigh up to 6 tons and an adult female 4 tons. Whereas males are quite solitary, females live in perfectly organised herds. A single elephant calf is born after a gestation period of 23 months.

Diet: as a herbivore, they mainly eat branches, leaves and bark.

Hunted for their ivory for a long time, elephant populations have reduced dramatically. Now the problem lies in sharing land with farmers.

Classe 
mammalia
Famille 
elephantidae
Ordre 
proboscidea
Statut 
endangered
Longévité 
around 60 years
The elephant enclosure at Planète Sauvage is exceptional: 6 hectares of pasture land and a lake stretching over half a hectare for bathing.