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African forest elephant

or for·est el·e·phant

[ af-ri-kuhn fawr-ist el-uh-fuhnt, for-ist ]
/ ˈæf rɪ kən ˈfɔr ɪst ˌɛl ə fənt, ˈfɒr ɪst /
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noun

the smaller of the two African elephant species (Loxodonta cyclotis), found in small groups in the forested areas of the Congo Basin: compared to the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant has straighter, more downward-pointing tusks and smaller, more rounded ears: having been confirmed as a distinct species in 2010, the African forest elephant has a conservation status of not evaluated.

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Origin of African forest elephant

First recorded in 1925–30

historical usage of African forest elephant

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