Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Did you know there are THREE elephant species?

So - remember going to the zoo as a kid?  Depending on which zoo you went to, you got to see one of two types of elephants:  either the small-eared Asian Elephant or the large-eared African Elephant.   Well now knew research shows that the "African" elephant is actually two separate species:  a forest dwelling elephant and a savanna dwelling elephant.

African Elephant

Asian Elephant

Why does this matter you ask?   Because of the 500,000 or so "African" elephants, only about a fifth of them are of the forest dwelling species.  African elephants are already considered an endangered species.