A lone bull male European elephant wandering in the woods near Rome, Italy.

The European Elephant is the only species of elephant indigenous to Europe but were also accidentally introduced by humans into parts of USA, including California, Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada. It is descended from a surviving group of stegodonts that are now smaller, about the size of an Asian elephant. These animals naturally dominate the warm forests of Europe, but can survive and thrive very well in human settlements. They feed on grass, leaves, shrubs, and fruit.

European Elephant
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Domain: Eukarya
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Proboscidea
  • Family: Stegodontidae
  • Genus: Stegodon
  • Species: Europeanus
  • Scientific Name: Stegodon Europeanus
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