Elephant's tail

Elephant's tail

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: African elephant's tail. Close-up of the hairs on the end of the tail of an African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Due to the elephant's bulk the tails are not needed for balance as in many other animals. Instead they are used to brush insects from the elephant's rear body, and held onto by infants when following their mother. Elephants are social herbivores that inhabit the savannah and forests of sub-Saharan Africa. They live in large family herds that are ruled by an elderly matriarch. They are the largest living land animal, and adult males can weight up to 7000 kilograms. Photographed in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

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Keywords: africa, african elephant, animal, caudal appendage, close-up, hair, hairy, herbivore, herbivorous, hwange national park, kennedy 1 waterhole, loxodonta africana, mammal, nature, tail, wildlife, zimbabwe, zoology

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