An African elephant bull walks through flowers back to its feeding grounds. That massive elephant bull was slowly trekking through the flowers, taking time, like enjoying the scenery. You see, in this black and white photograph, he lifts the left leg, so that you can see underneath the foot. Elephants can walk up to 196 kilometers / 121 miles a day. Despite their enormous size. Although elephants can weigh up to 7 tonnes / 15432 lbs, they are surprisingly light and silent on foot. That is because their whole foot sole acts as a shock absorber with its thick epidermal layer tissue.
African elephants were once able to roam free. Sadly, that is no longer the case. You can see in the African elephant walks through flowers, the wrinkly texture of the elephant’s skin. In some parts of their skin, it can be 2,5 centimeters / 0.9 inch thick. That makes their skin very tough. However, they often get parasites on their skin. To counteract this, they lather themselves in dust and mud. That is equally a tactic to keep fresh.
Poachers are always after the African elephant. They are killing these beautiful animals for their ivory tusks. Both male and female elephants have them. However, male tusks are more substantial and larger, weighing between 50-80 kilograms / 110-175 pounds each. The female’s tusks only weigh around 18 kilograms / 40 pounds each. Tusks are just long incisor teeth.
African elephants, Loxodonta africana, are in the category vulnerable on the IUCN list.
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