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While African elephants are the largest land mammals, their Asian relatives are much smaller. There are many other differences beyond size.

Which species has fan-shaped ears? Which one has more toes on the hind foot? Investigate the differences and find out why both species face the same risks.

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Living with Sumatran Elephants

Living with Sumatran Elephants

Call them "ecosystem engineers." The Asian elephants who live in the rainforest physically change the habitat around them. Check out the work of this Elephant Flying Squad. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
The Elephants of Africa

The Elephants of Africa

Did you know every African elephant herd has babysitters? Discover other social behaviors, how an elephant's trunk works, and Africa’s problem of poaching. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Elephant Crop Raids Foiled by Chili Peppers

Elephant Crop Raids Foiled by Chili Peppers

Elephants and farming are not a good combination. Discover how South African farmers use capsaicin from chili peppers to keep the mammoth mammals out of their crops. More...

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National Geographic
Elephant Power

Elephant Power

Large, smart, and powerful, elephants in some parts of the world have forged working partnerships with people. More...

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National Geographic
Elephants Grieving

Elephants Grieving

Coming across a corpse, a herd of elephants exhibits interest in the death, recognition of their own existence, and rituals of mourning. More...

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BBC
The Ultimate Elephant Quiz

The Ultimate Elephant Quiz

Do you know what elephants do with their trunks when they’re scared? Or how much they weigh? Test your smarts with these 20 questions. More...

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HowStuffWorks
African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)

The largest land animal on Earth, the African elephant uses its trunk for many purposes. Learn the role its large ears play, besides hearing, of course. More...

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National Geographic
African Elephants Understand Human Gestures

African Elephants Understand Human Gestures

Chimpanzees can't do it, but cats and dogs can. Turns out, so can African elephants. A new study demonstrates that pachyderms can understand human gestures — without being trained. More...

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National Geographic
Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)

Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)

Asian elephants are highly endangered in the wild. Unlike its African cousin, this species has been domesticated for thousands of years. More...

Article
National Geographic
Echo: An Elephant to Remember

Echo: An Elephant to Remember

Wildlife researcher Cynthia Moss followed the African elephant Echo and her clan to film them in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Discover Moss' emotional attachment and what Echo taught her about life in the wild. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Elephant Death: Time Lapse of Corpse Decay

Elephant Death: Time Lapse of Corpse Decay

After living for about 60 years or more, an elephant provides many nutrients to species from little bugs to big cats when it dies. A time-lapse video demonstrates this dynamic afterlife. More...

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safaritalk.net
Fun Elephant Facts

Fun Elephant Facts

Elephants can swim. They don’t need to flee from natural predators because they don’t have any. And they dig to find water. Get more interesting facts. More...

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Science Kids

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