African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana)
The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal on Earth, standing up to 13 feet tall at the shoulders. As a herbivore, the African elephant primarily eats trees and shrubs from partial desert areas and grasslands.
The large ears of the African elephant is one feature that distinguishes it from its smaller cousin, the Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus). These ears are important in temperature regulation, as well as playing a role in hearing. Each ear has a rich network of blood vessels, beneath the skin and when temperatures rise the ears are fanned to help increase the flow of air and cool the blood through evaporation.