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Elephants are usually associated with the African savannah, but they can actually be found in the wild in both Africa and Asia. These large plant-eaters live in family groups called herds, and use their long trunks to do everything from eating and drinking to greeting one another and warding off predators. Hunted for their ivory tusks, elephants have become threatened in the wild, although some have been domesticated for use as beasts of burden by native cultures. When left alone, elephants can live to age 70, and female elephants will stay close their entire lives.

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A single bull elephant excretes 40 tons of droppings per year.


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