How long does an African Elephant Live  : The African elephant is the largest land animal on the planet, the elephant can as well be identified by their larger ears that look alike the continent of Africa, for any tourist who have ever had of any dream of sighting the African elephants, then everyone should think about the elephants in Kenya and mostly these are found in Amboseli National Park and Tsavo National Park and among others though these are having the highest number of the elephants in the country.

Elephants are highly intelligent animals with complex emotions, feelings, compassion and self-awareness. Though there are two types of the elephants that is African elephant and the Asian elephant, of which the African elephant stay longer and they are larger compared to the Asian elephants. The Africa elephants mainly feed on the leaves and the branches of the bushes and the tree, but also they eat grasses fruits and the bark

How long does an African Elephant Live
African Elephant

 African elephants are long lived mammals, but still probably not as long-lived as often cited, can live up to around 50 to 70 years though the oldest elephant that has ever been reported is Ling Wang, an Asian elephant that died in 2003 at the very ripe age of 86 years, with the females mostly fertile between 25 and 45 years, then the males need to reach 20 years of age in order to successfully compete for mating. Though the females remain fertile for about 55 years to 60 years, and more conservative estimates suggest that the elephants live up to 65 years in the wild. Even there are anecdotal reports of animals living over 80 years, the record longevity, however, belongs to one wild born female that was still living at 53 to 54 years of age. Having as much as six sets of molars in a lifetime, also the elephants suffer from the teeth erosion which is a type of the mechanical senescence. The average lifespan of the elephants is about 65 years of age or more, an elephant calf’s first year of life is its most vulnerable time with the mortality rates exceeding 30%, How long does an African Elephant Live.

Elephants are such interesting animal creatures that one should never miss to see on a Kenya wildlife Safari, like any other human being on the planet, the elephants also mourn for the death of their loved ones as they do gently touch and caress the skull of the dead elephant with their trunks, and the elephants will pause for several minutes as a moment of silence in the place where their loved ones dies, even after several years after their death an elephant never forgets it keeps on recalling about it. And still just like other humans can be right or left handed elephants have got the preference for using their left or right tusk.

The elephant calf can be born after a gestation period of 22 months it’s the animal with the longest pregnancy of any mammal, then the young elephants wean after 6 to 18 months though they may continue nursing for over 6 years. Male elephants leave their natal group at puberty and tend to form much more fluid alliances with other males.

How long does an African Elephant Live
African Elephant

The elephants have got the trunk which is an extension of the upper lip and nose and therefore it is used for communication with its fellow elephants and also handling objects like the food, also the African elephants have got two opposing extensions at the end of their trunks, these trunks are large modified incisors that grow throughout an elephant’s life time, these occur in both the males and females and are used in fights and also for marking, feeding and also digging especially where they also and at times they dig while helping other fellow animals to create for them a space.

Elephants have deep family bonds in that the herd is led by the matriarch which is the female head of a family, then the calves are raised by the entire herd when the males are about 12 years old they leave the herd to live on their own while the females stay with the family herd, then the females will often be staying with their mothers their whole lives so the elephants often become great-grand mothers.

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