Elephants

The African savannah is home to the world’s largest remaining population of African elephants.

African elephant in Kenya

Savannah elephants are the largest subspecies of elephant. They live in matriarchal groups led by an experienced female and are very protective of their young. On the savannahs, elephants feed on tree sprouts and shrubs, which helps to keep the plains open and able to support the many other species that live in the ecosystem.

However, African elephants face serious threats, causing their numbers to fall rapidly in many parts of Africa. Conflict with people, and loss and fragmentation of habitat are significant issues for the survival of this species. Elephants are also heavily targeted by poachers for their tusks; it is estimated that one elephant is killed every 25 minutes for the illegal wildlife trade.

At ZSL we’re working for wildlife around the world, helping to protect and create a future for animals like the African elephant.

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