African Savanna Elephant

Loxodonta africana oxyotis


The largest land animal reaches a shoulder height of 4m and weights up to 7 tons.

Powerfull trunk, large ears, strong tusks, flattend forehead, front legs with four hooves longer than hind legs with three hooves, slate gray skin, big belly.


African bush savanna, thornveld savanna, mopane woodlands and semi-desert.

Grazing depth ranges from grasses and herbs on the ground to branches and twigs 9m high. Elephants use their trunk to smell, drink, communicate and dig holes.


A large elephant bull in the Caprivi. Some specimen efficently bulldoze big trees for food and to free trails.

photo: B. Baron