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Elephant Lifespan: How long do Elephants live?

The average lifespan of an elephant in the wild is around 50 to 70 years. A recent study had the median lifespan of an African elephant at 56 years. However, some African elephants have been known to live for up to 80 years.

Elephants are one of the longest-lived land animals. African elephants generally have a longer lifespan than Asian elephants. Female elephants tend to live longer than males.

Elephants in the wild face many dangers, such as predators, hunger, and disease. These factors can shorten their lifespan. Humans also pose a threat to elephants. Hunting and illegal poaching are major threats to wild populations.

In addition, habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activity can also reduce the lifespan of elephants.

Read on to find out more fascinating facts about the lifespan of Elephants.

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The three species of Elephant

Only two species of elephants have been recognized until quite recently: the African and Asian elephants. However, conclusions from several research studies revealed that there are actually three species of elephants roaming earth:

  1. African bush elephant (also known as the African savanna elephant)
  2. African forest elephant
  3. Asian elephant