Here is an African elephant taking a stroll in his home at the Aquila Private Game Reserve in South Africa. African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They are slightly larger than their Asian cousins and can be identified by their larger ears that look somewhat like the continent of Africa.
Both African and Asian elephants play keystone roles in their eco-systems. Their extremely strong sense of smell for water allows them to search out and find sources of water, which other animals depend on for survival. They use their tusks to dig up dry riverbeds and their dung is full of seeds, helping plants spread across the environment.
However, both African and Asian elephants face threats to their survival. The biggest threat being poaching for their tusks. In recent years, at least 20,000 elephants have been killed in Africa each year for their tusks. Read more on this here.