African elephants are the elephants of the genus Loxodonta, consisting of two extant species: the African bush elephant and the smaller African forest elephant. Loxodonta is one of the two existing genera in the family Elephantidae.

African elephants are the elephants of the genus Loxodonta, consisting of two extant species: the African bush elephant and the smaller African forest elephant. Loxodonta is one of the two existing genera in the family Elephantidae.

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"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences,"    "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives."    Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

"Early maternal care in the first two years of life actually affects an elephant's survival over 40 years - it has long lasting consequences," "It is a problem we tend to overlook, unless we are looking at humans: how animals respond over the very long-term to apparently small events that happen in their lives." Prof Lee and colleague in the international team of researchers said inexperienced mums often provided "inappropriate care".

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Africa elephants - Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species were known, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Africa elephants - Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species were known, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species. Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

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A female African Bush Elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Do click on this image and on the next two  for a much enlarged viewing of this beautiful elephant.

A female African Bush Elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Do click on this image and on the next two for a much enlarged viewing of this beautiful elephant.

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Mother and Calf, African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana), Addo National   Park, South Africa, Africa  by Ann & Steve Toon via art.com

Mother and Calf, African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana), Addo National Park, South Africa, Africa by Ann & Steve Toon via art.com

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"Gentle Giant" by Sushmitha Reddy: Amboseli National Park is famous for the majestic African elephants. I got lucky when this massive bull came close to our vehicle on one of our game drives.

"Gentle Giant" by Sushmitha Reddy: Amboseli National Park is famous for the majestic African elephants. I got lucky when this massive bull came close to our vehicle on one of our game drives.

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