African Elephant

Loxodonta africana

About the Elephant

The elephant is the largest of all living land mammals. There are two subspecies of the African elephant; the savannah elephant and the smaller forest elephant, which lives in the equatorial forests of Central and West Africa. Where ranges of the savannah and forest overlap, hybridisation is common. Once common in much of sub-Saharan Africa, the past century has witnessed a massive decline in the species’ range and numbers. The demand for ivory (elephant tusk) is the greatest reason for this decline.

The future of the African elephant is uncertain, not only due to poaching but also a loss of habitat and coming into conflict with humans. The relationship between human communities and wildlife can have a detrimental effect on populations of animals such as elephants. A communities’ entire food crop for a year could be raided by a herd of elephants and the role of conservation is working in areas where these conflicts are present and looking at ways to reduce the impact where humans and animals coexist.

Our Elephants

There are four elephants at Knowsley, they can be seen at the end of the safari drive from two areas. The view from the picnic lawn overlooks the sand paddocks, or alternatively, there is a raised platform behind the elephant house that gives opportunities to see the elephants when they are in the grass paddocks.

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Fact Finder

The African elephant is the largest living land animal

An elephant is pregnant for 22 months

The maximum weight for an adult male can be as much as 6.5 tonnes

Both male and female elephants have tusks

Elephants can communicate through their feet, low frequency rumblings can cover great distances.

Elephants are herbivores, they feed on grass, leaves and fruits.

Sub-Saharan Africa

The future of the African elephant is uncertain, not only due to poaching but also a loss of habitat and coming into conflict with humans. The relationship between human communities and wildlife can have a detrimental effect on populations of animals such as elephants. A communities’ entire food crop for a year could be raided by a herd of elephants and the role of conservation is working in areas where these conflicts are present and looking at ways to reduce the impact where humans and animals coexist.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for an animal lover then look no further than our animal adoption packs!

Half of every adoption purchase goes directly to one of our chosen conservation projects, helping to fund work with endangered species both overseas and in this country.

It costs from just £30 to adopt one of our six most charismatic creatures at the safari park and you can choose from a virtual adoption and a Gold adoption.

Adopt an Elephant

You’ll receive as part of your pack:

  • 1 Free Admission Ticket
  • A personal adoption certificate
  • An animal fact sheet
  • A fridge magnet (or digital wallpaper if you choose the Virtual Adoption)
  • A behaviour change challenge
  • Your name will appear on the adopter’s board at the Safari Park

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