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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

  African elephants live throughout the continent of Africa, south of the Sahara desert. They have much larger ears than their Asian cousins, and their ears are rounded and shaped like the continent of Africa. They also have a smooth forehead and two "fingers" at the end of their trunk. Their skin is more deeply wrinkled than the Asian elephant's skin and both the males and females have large tusks. There are about 550,000 wild African elephants left on the African continent. African elephants are considered a threatened species.

Amy
African female born in 1987

Amy was a performing elephant and was retired to be a part of an African elephant family. She is a young elephant who will play a big part in the large, highly structured herd at the sanctuary. Amy is the star of the book “The Cowboy and His Elephant” by Malcolm MacPherson.

Amy

Miss Bets
African female born in 2007

We are excited to introduce our newest African elephant herd member: a little girl was born at 5:18 AM on Saturday, December 8, 2007. Her weight at birth was 263 lbs and she is 35 inches tall. She is strong, healthy and nursing. Mom "Amy" is being a wonderful first time mother!


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