Their long trunks that are an extension of their upper lip and nose. They have two finger-like points at the end of their trunks that they use for grabbing things.
They are 3m tall and weigh up to 6 tonnes – making them the largest land mammal on Earth.
They are herbivores, and eat roots, grasses and bark. They need to eat a couple of hundred kilogrammes of plant matter a day!
They are savannah elephants and live in grassy plains and woodlands. The smaller forest elephant is found in the rain forests of central and western Africa.
Poachers who hunt them for their ivory tusks.
Their trunks have around 150,000 muscles.
Hear an African elephant.