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Free images of African Bush Elephants

These images have been photographed at and posted with the very kind permission 
of the Toronto Zoo.  Please read the Terms of Use.  
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The African Bush Elephants are located in the African Savanna Section of the Toronto Zoo

 

african bush elephantThere are two species of African elephant - the African Forest elephant and the African Bush Elephant.  Of the two, the African Bush Elephant is the larger.  The African Bush Elephant is the largest terrestrial living animal.  Both male and female elephants have tusks that are used for fighting, marking and digging.

Their natural habitat in Africa includes savannas, bush, forests, river valleys and semi-desert areas.  Elephants are herbivores which means they eat grasses, foliage, branches and trees.  Elephants are very social animals and live in "herds" of females and their calves.

Did you know... 

that an elephant is pregnant for almost 2 years - 22 months to be exact!   Baby elephants can stand and walk within 15 to 30 minutes of being born.

 

Want to know more?  Why not visit the Toronto Zoo’s website
 and read all about African Elephants here.

 

african bush elephant iringa at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 1  - Iringa

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african bush elephant iringa at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 2  - Iringa

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african bush elephant at toronto zoo toka standing

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 3  - Toka

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More interesting elephant facts...

Although difficult to see on the images, African elephants have three toes on their hind feet and four toes on the forefeet.  The thickness of an elephant's skin varies.  It is only a few millimeters on their ears, but can be over three centimeters on their body being its thickest on their hindquarters.  

Elephant's feet have padded elastic soles which function like shock absorbers to carry their heavy weight.  Females weigh between 2,230 - 3,470 kg and males weigh 4,400 - 5,500.

 

african bush elephant at toronto zoo walking

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 4

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african bush elephant at toronto zoo toka standing

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 5  -  Toka

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african bush elephant at toronto zoo iringa standing

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 6  -  Iringa

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african bush elephant iringa at toronto zoo has a rip in her ear

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 7   -  Iringa

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african bush elephant iringa standing with short tusks

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 8   -  Iringa

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An elephant's trunk is used for many things:  breathing, smelling, drinking, picking up objects, pulling vegetation, throwing dust and water (for baths), and making sounds.  The tip of an African Bush  elephant's long trunk has two finger-like projections as well as nostrils.  It is very muscular and flexible.  The finger-like tips are able to pick up small objects.  Note:  An Asian elephant only has one projection.

According to the Toronto Zoo's website, an elephant's trunk can hold up to five liters of liquid at a time.  They can drink 100 litres of water at one time and when thirsty, can drink more than 200 liters within a few minutes.

 

head of an african bush elephant

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 9

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Do you know why elephants have such large ears?

They use them to radiate excess heat and keep themselves cool.  

 

curled trunk of african bush elephant toka at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 10  -  Toka

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Being an elephant is great when it comes to getting gifts from the tooth fairy.  Around the age of 15, baby (milk) teeth are replaced by new teeth that last until the age of 30 and then again with another set.  That's a lot of teeth under their pillow!

 

african bush elephant iringa playing with stick at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 11   -  Iringa

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head face of african bush elephant toka at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 12  -  Toka

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eyes trunk head of african bush elephant toka at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 13  -  Toka

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Notice the eyebrows and eyelashes which are made up of long fine hairs. 

 

eye and lashes of african bush elephant toka at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 14  -  Toka

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two african bush elephants at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 15  -  Toka in forefront.

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heads of two african bush elephants at toronto zoo

Toronto Zoo Elephant - 16  -  Iringa left, Toka at right.

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"If all the beasts 
were gone,
 men would die from 
a great loneliness 
of spirit, 
for whatever happens 
to the beasts 
also happens to the man.  
All things are connected.  Whatever befalls 
the Earth 
befalls the sons 
of the Earth."

~ Chief Seattle 
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 letter to 
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to a mute creature 
as it is to man.  
Just as one wants happiness 
and fears pain, 
just as one wants 
to live 
and not die, 
so do other creatures."

~ His Holiness 
The Dalai Lama ~

 

 

 

"If you have men 
who will exclude 
any of God's creatures 
from the shelter 
of compassion and pity, 
you will have men 
who will deal likewise 
with their fellow men."

~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

 

 

 

 

"The worst sin 
towards our fellow creatures 
is not to hate them,
 but to be indifferent to them.  that's the essence 
of inhumanity."

~ George Bernard 
Shaw ~

 

 

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because it has an answer. 
 It sings because 
it has a song."

~ Chinese Proverb ~

 


 

 

 

 

 

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