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Largest Land Animal on Earth

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What is the biggest land animal in the world? The largest and heaviest land animal on earth is the African bush elephant. This extraordinary mammal can reach a height of 4 meters (13 feet) and a weight of 7 tonnes (15,000 pounds).

The African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana)

On average, an African bush elephant male is 3 meters (10 feet) tall and weighs 5.5 tonnes (12,130 pounds). Generally, the African bush elephant males are larger than the African bush elephant females. The African bush elephant consumes around 225 kilograms (500 pounds) of vegetable matter daily and over 190 liters (50 U.S. gallon) of water. By comparison, the African bush elephant has larger ears and bigger tusks than any other elephant species. Like any other elephant the trunk is used for communication and handling objects and food. The African bush elephant has the longest gestation among mammals, the gestation period is around 22 months. An African bush elephant calf at birth weighs more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds). Calves fed on the mother’s milk until the age of five, but only for the first six months they drink the mother’s milk without eating solid food. The African bush elephants are very social animals that usually live in herds (especially the females) found scattered on grasslands across Eastern and Central Africa.

The African Bush Elephant Facts

If you have a question or you think we have omitted some important details about African bush elephants, please contact us through our Contact page. Below you will find a list made by us with the most important facts about African bush elephants:

– the largest and heaviest living land animal in the world / 7 tonnes (15,000 pounds)
– the second tallest animal on Earth that lives on land / 4 meters (13 feet)
– males are larger than females
– the longest gestation among mammals (22 months)
– average life span is 70 to 80 years
– the largest brain of any land animal
– they are among the world's most intelligent animal species
– very social animals with a wide variety of behaviors, such as: grief, learning, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory, and language.

The African Bush Elephant: Questions & Answers

Further, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about African bush elephants. If you have a curiosity, send us your question through the Contact page.

Do African bush elephants have predators? Due to its great size an African bush elephant has no natural predators, but the calves are vulnerable to lion, crocodile and hyena attacks. People are the biggest threat to African bush elephants even if hunting is prohibited by law.

The African bush elephant is not the same as the African elephant? The African elephant consists of two species of elephants: the African bush elephant (also called savanna elephants) and the African forest elephant (also called forest elephants).

Largest Land Animal: Questions & Answers

Next, we thought to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the largest land animal.

What’s the largest living land carnivore? The largest living land carnivore is the polar bear, the heaviest wild polar bear had a recorded weight of 1,002 kilograms (2,209 pounds).


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