Jewelry, designed by Leblois Adélaïde, France
Hunters of big game refer to the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo as the “big Five” because of the difficulty of bagging these large animals, which are often ferocious when cornered and fired upon. The world’s largest mammal is remarkably adaptable; visitors to Africa are as likely to spot an elephant in the rainforest as in a desert or a savanna. If left alone, they are usually of a peaceful nature, but can behave quite nastily when threatened. Elephants are at home in all of Africa’s ecosystems, from its vast savannas and seemingly endless deserts to its impenetrable rainforests. They can be found in the dense overgrowth of the Congo basin as well as in the parched deserts of Namibia.
Adult male savanna elephants – the world’s largest land mammals – typically weigh around 12,000 pounds and are roughly ten feet tall (measured to the shoulder). Female elephants look after the young. Elephant calves are usually born into an extended family, headed by an older female elephant who serves as the matriarch.