By Amelia Meyer. Q: Are elephants endangered? A: There are currently about African elephants including both the Savannah- and the Forest subspecies and approximately 40 Asian elephants roaming the earth. In , there were 1. At this time, about 8 elephants were savagely slaughtered every hour for their valuable tusks. Now, however, ivory poaching is banned almost everywhere in the world.
All rights reserved. As the world's largest land mammal, elephants have quite the commanding presence. But did you know elephants can't jump? Or that baby elephants lose their first set of teeth and tusks, just like humans?
Once common throughout Africa and Asia, elephant numbers were severely depleted during the 20th century, largely due to the massive ivory trade. While some populations are now stable and growing, poaching, conflict and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species. The largest land mammal on earth, the African elephant weighs up to eight tons. The elephant is distinguished by its massive body, large ears and a long trunk, which has many uses ranging from using it as a hand to pick up objects, as a horn to trumpet warnings, an arm raised in greeting to a hose for drinking water or bathing. Asian elephants differ in several ways from their African relatives.