Two elephants lie dead near Chad's Zakouma National Park, shot by poachers.
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Not Just Desert Dwellers
Credit: Thomas Breuer/Wildlife Conservation Society
Mother and calf forest elephant.
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Elephants Know Good People from Bad
Credit: K. Slocombe.
Elephants aim the trunks toward something they wish to investigate, apparently helping them smell better.
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Ripe Ol' Age
Credit: Charles Foley, Wildlife Conservation Society
A female elephant in Tanzania. Elephants can reach the ripe old age of 70.
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World's Cutest Baby Wild Animals
Credit: Houston Zoo
Even newborn elephants are still some of the animal world's heftiest creatures. This baby Asian elephant, named Baylor, was born weighing 348 pounds (158 kilograms) in May 2010 at the Houston Zoo. Mom Shanti endured a pregnancy lasting almost 23 months. About two hours after birth the calf was able to stand on his own.
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'African Elephant' Actually Two Separate Species
Credit: A. Schaefer.
The savanna elephant weighs between 6 and 7 tons, roughly double the weight of the forest elephant.