A bull male American elephant wandering in the Great Plains.

The American Elephant is among the species of native American elephants, along with Urban Mammoths, American Southern Mammoths, American Northern Mammoths, American Northwestern Mammoths, and American Mastodons. It is descended from a group of primitive gompotheres. It resembles an Asian elephant, but with an African elephant-like tusks & skin, and its lower jaw still has two extra tusks like its ancestors. It is about two and the half times bigger than the African white rhinoceros. This species lives in western and mid-western parts of the USA, including southern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyomning, Arizona, Oregon, etc. It prefers both wet and dry areas including swamps, marshlands, forests, meadows, grasslands, savannahs, and grassland-like scrublands, but also thrives well in human settlements.
American Elephant
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Domain: Eukarya
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Proboscidea
  • Family: Gomphotheriidae
  • Genus: Gomphotherium
  • Species: Americanus
  • Scientific Name: Gomphotherium Americanus
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