Elephants : Sub Sahara Africa

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Elephants in Sub Sahara Africa
Poaching, which transcends beyond the loss of a specific animal has led to negative effects economically, politically and socially. It has greatly affected Africa, and the biodiversity of its animals. Elephants continue to still travel around Africa in large herds but they remain vulnerable to habitat loss, poaching and the interaction between humans and wildlife. Scientific Description
The African elephant is part of the Big Five group of animal species that include the rhino, leopard, lion and the buffalo. They are the largest land animals on land reaching the size of 8 meters long and 8 tones in weight. The elephant’s trunk is used to communicate and to hold food and other things. They differ from the Asian elephants in the sense that the African elephant’s trunks are extended meaning they are longer than the Asian elephant which has one extension making it shorter. Elephants love water and they show their love by spraying themselves and use their trunks to shower. The trunk is also used for “smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal” (National Geographic). The trunk is a very special part of the body where it has over 50, 000 muscles.
There are two different types of elephant species in Africa, the (Loxodonta Africana Africana) which is found in the savannah and also lives in the woodlands and the grassy plains the
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