How Many Tons Do Elephants Weigh?

The largest species of its kind, the African bush elephant, can weigh up to 11 tonnes and stand 10 to 13 feet tall at the shoulder. The largest African woodland elephants can weigh up to 6.6 tonnes and stand close to 10 feet tall. The smallest elephants are Asians, who can reach heights of nearly 10 feet and weights up to 5.5 tonnes.

a b s h elephant in africa

The largest living land mammal is the African bush elephant, often called the African savannah elephant. These creatures, which may live up to 70 years, are the second-longest-living mammals after us.

Asian elephants can be distinguished from African bush elephants by:

Due to their larger size

pronounced tusks

Large ears were employed to release more body heat.

At the end of the trunk, there are two flap-like protrusions.

They inhabit a wide variety of environments, such as grasslands, deserts, and rainforests. These animals must consume 350 pounds of plants each day to stay alive.

Forest elephant in Africa

African bush elephants and forest elephants were both regarded as subspecies of the African elephant up until the year 2000. Further genetic studies, however, have shown that African forest elephants are a separate species all itself. While these elephants initially resemble their savannah cousins, there are a few significant differences. Elephants found in African forests:

Almost straight down tusks as opposed to upward-curving tusks

round ears as opposed to pointy ones

They have five toenails on their front foot and four on their back feet, similar to an Asian elephant.

consuming fruit and leaves as opposed to grass

more compact social groups

African bush elephants like the plains and woodlands, while African forest elephants prefer deep forests, as their name suggests. Most frequently, you can find them in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is thought that reports of water elephants or pygmy elephants are actually sightings of African forest elephants that have been misclassified.

European Elephant

The Indian or mainland elephant, the Sri Lankan elephant, and the Sumatran elephant are the three subspecies of Asian elephants. Contrary to African bush and forest elephants, there are not enough genetic distinctions between these two types of elephants for each to be declared a separate species.

The following are some of the main distinctions between Asian and African elephants:

their little size

fewer tusks (they may not be visible outside of the mouth in females and some males)

rounded, smaller ears

The trunk has one flap-like protrusion at the end.

Asian elephants often have more flexible trunks, however African elephants may extend theirs further. An Asian elephant is more likely to wrap its entire trunk around an object than an African elephant, which is more likely to pick up objects using the flaps on its trunk, similar to how a person might use their finger and thumb to pick up a coin.

Elephant Conduct

With the exception of lone African forest elephant bulls, all elephant species are intelligent and highly sociable. Because elephant herds are matriarchal, the dominant female is always the oldest. They exhibit empathy and even grieving behaviour for other herd members.

They can communicate with each other across large distances using deep sounds that humans cannot hear. Elephants are also quite good at remembering where things like water are, so they can remember where these things are.

Animal Protection

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has designated African bush elephants as vulnerable, which means they may go extinct. However, the population is growing.

The IUCN lists Asian elephants as an endangered species, and there is a population reduction. The population size of African forest elephants is unknown to scientists, however they are in danger due to their incredibly poor rate of reproduction. Poaching and habitat loss are threats to all elephant species.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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