Did you know the African bush elephant, also known as the savanna elephant, is the largest land creature on the planet? Well, now you do.
Despite its unparalleled size and strength, poachers have posed an ominous threat to this imposing animal for decades. Its meat has some value, but the real selling point is its ivory tusks, which can fetch hefty sums on the black market.
That’s not the only threat these elephants face: Lions, leopards and hyenas feast on baby African bush elephants. Due to these and other forces, numbers have dwindled from, it’s estimated, as many as 5 million to about 415,000 today.