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What is an elephant?

Elephants are mammals in the taxonomic family Elephantidae, which includes three living species: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. All elephants have long trunks, tusks, large ears, thick legs, and tough grey skin. Elephants are the largest living land species, with the largest African bush elephant on record measuring nearly 4 m tall and 11,000 kg.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Proboscidea
  • Family: Elephantidae

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