Monday, October 21, 2013

Tanzania’s Big Five: The Elephant (5)

The African elephant is the largest mammal in the world. Elephants live in woodlands, forests, deserts and savanna, spread across 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Elephants are quite peaceful if left alone, but if they feel threatened just watch out. Elephants are very social animals, they live in family groups of up to 100 members, headed by a matriarch.

The demand for ivory in the 70’s and 80’s led to a dramatic decrease in elephant numbers, today the population stable at around 600,000.

The Ngalawa is a traditional, double-outrigger canoe of the Swahili people living in Zanzibar and the Tanzanian coast.

Thx Steve!


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