Species: African Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Location: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
A mother elephant and her calf walk in perfect synchrony, with their legs and trunk positioned in the exact same way.
The African savanna elephant is the world's largest land mammal and is also one of the most long-lived, with some attaining an age of 60 or 70 years.
All elephants in Africa were once considered the same species, African elephant, but studies have shown that there are in fact two species. The African savanna elephant is widespread in savanna, semi-desert, woodland and forest across the continent, but it avoids the dense Guinea-Congolean rainforests. The African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is only found in the Guinea-Congolean rainforests and is the smallest of the world's three elephant species. The third being the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).
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