Did you know that one elephant is lost to poaching every 15 minutes? African elephants are a keystone species, meaning other species within an ecosystem largely depend on them. Poaching poses a massive threat to their survival, as well as the delicate balance of the ecosystem. It is vital to take steps in their conservation. While the ivory trade is illegal today, it has not been completely eliminated and the African elephant remains endangered.
Did you know?
· African elephants are the largest land animals on earth and can weigh up to 7 tons.
· An adult elephant can consume up to 300 pounds of food in a single day and eat a combination of roots, grasses, bark and fruits, such as marula.
· Elephants can recognize themselves- something very few animals are known to do!
· After a death, elephant family members show signs of grief.
· Approximately 80% of elephant deaths are due to poaching.
· There are only approximately 400,000 African Elephants left in Africa.
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