The African Forest Elephant is the smallest of the three types of elephants, and also the least known. These elephants are found in the dense forests of central and west Africa. They are very hard to see, even for people who live in their territory, because they are so good at hiding in the underbrush.
African Forest Elephants have smaller tusks than other elephants. Their trunk is also narrower, and they have more hair on their heads and bodies. They eat mostly leaves, fruits, and branches from trees and bushes.
African Forest Elephants are a critically endangered species with only about 100,000 remaining in the wild. The biggest threat to their survival is poaching for their ivory tusks. Conservationists are working hard to protect these elephants and their habitat, but it is a difficult task. With your help, we can all do our part to protect these beautiful creatures.