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# What is the average weight of an adult elephant?

Question #6532. Asked by Kip. (Sep 30 00 9:10 PM)

Luv2PlaGmz

African elephants are the largest land animals with body growth continuing for up to 30 years. Bulls (males) may reach a height of 9-13 feet (3-41/2 m) at the shoulder and weigh between 9,000-13,000 pounds (4,500-6,000 kg). Cows (females) are smaller in size, averaging 7-9 feet (2.5-3 m) at the shoulder and weighing between 4,500-7,000 pounds. http://www.nczooeletrack.org/elephants/facts.html

 Oct 01 00, 5:48 PM
nonliar

You're a liar. Wikipedia says that the African elephant weighs in between 7,700 lbs to 26,000 lbs, while the Asian elephant weighs on average 12,000 lbs.

Liar.

 May 30 09, 12:42 PM
Baloo55th

Wikipedia can be wrong - but not this time. African elephant: "Under the new two species classification, Loxodonta africana refers specifically to the Savanna Elephant, the largest of all elephants. In fact, it is the largest land animal in the world, with the males standing 3.2 metres (10 ft) to 4 metres (13 ft) at the shoulder and weighing 3,500 kilograms (7,700 lb) to a reported 12,000 kilograms (26,000 lb)"
Asian elephant: "Elephas maximus maximus (Sri Lankan Elephant) is found only on the island of Sri Lanka. It is the largest of the Asians. There are an estimated 3,000–4,500 members of this subspecies left today in the wild, although no accurate census has been carried out recently. Large males can weigh upward to 5,400 kg (12,000 lb) and stand over 3.4 m (11 ft) tall."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant
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 May 30 09, 1:47 PM
Baloo55th

Actually, even though the first poster here is correct that the African is the largest, the question calls for an average weight without specifying species. Difficult. One can take the average for all the elephant species and subspecies and average that, or else an average of all the elephant populations is needed. Beyond me at the moment - especially with a deadline for an article to be sent in...

 May 30 09, 1:51 PM

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