In that wildlife photograph, the African elephant bull knees down to rest his leg on the graveled sand. On his calf muscle leans his tail. Every hair of the tail shows perfectly in this photograph. Also, each wrinkle in the leg is detailed, and you can even see the tiny sparse hairs sprouting up along its leg. A very up close and personal wildlife photograph captured in magnificent detail. Indeed, the sole of the elephant’s foot contains hard calluses from a lifetime of walking on rough African terrain.
The calluses are a result of lots of walking. African elephants walk up to 195 kilometers / 121 miles per day. However, they generally only walk an average of about 25 kilometers / 15 miles a day. They can also run at speeds of about 40 kilometers / 25 miles, which is faster than humans.
They say an elephant never forgets. That could be because elephants are brilliant creatures and have brains that can weigh as much as 4-6 kilograms / 9-13 pounds. The skin of an elephant is up to 2.5 centimeters / 0.9 inch thick in certain spots. Furthermore, elephants are very prone to skin parasites and use mud and dust baths to try and get rid of them, as well as to cool off.
African elephants, Loxodonta africana, listed in category vulnerable on the IUCN list.
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