Lone Elephant, South Africa - Travel wall art prints by Edwin Datoc Gallery

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All artwork is printed on Fine Art Exhibition paper with archival inkjet pigment and hand cut to size. Only the finest quality professional grade materials are used to ensure the highest quality product that will stand the test of time. All prints are signed by Edwin Datoc

Lone Elephant, South Africa

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The Elephant is the world's largest mammal, and weighs up to 7 tonnes and reaches heights of 3.3 m at the shoulder. Elephants can live to a potential age of 70 years. They are voracious feeders which in a day consume up to 272 kg of grass, tender shoots and bark from trees. An adult Elephant can drink up to 200 litres of water in a single session. A single Elephant deposits up to 150kg (330 pounds) of dung every day - about one dollop every 15 minutes!

 The African Elephant , the world’s largest terrestrial animal, is under threat…

Scientists revealed in 2013 that we have overestimated the number of elephants that remain in the wild; that we lost 62 percent of African forest elephants between 2002 and 2011, and that the forest elephant population is now less than 10 percent of its potential size. Admittedly the elephants of South Africa are not forest elephants. These are found mainly in equatorial forests in central and western Africa.

South Africa is, instead, home to the savanna elephant – found on grassy plains and in bushveld. According to WWF their populations are strong and their numbers increasing, even if their confined and protected areas are a fraction of the range they should be. This may well be. But it is thought that between three and five million African elephants once ranged across Africa in the 1930s and 1940s. Today’s population doesn’t even come close to this.