In the Congo – African Forest Elephant

My late Mother-in-Law collected elephants and now I seem to buy elephant euphemera in her memory. This post also has some interesting info about the African Rainforest Elephant. Enjoy! xx Rowena

Artist Daniel Mackie, Artist behind The DM Collection

African forest Elephant watercolour painting
The Congo Rainforest is the world’s second largest tropical forest, covering 700,000 square miles. It spreads across the basin of the Congo River and across six countries. So its big! Big enough to hide a brand new species?

Well, up until recently it was always thought that the Forest Elephant was a smaller subspecies of the African elephant. It was generally considered that, although the elephants had adapted to their forest habitat, they were still Savanna Elephants. But they weren’t.

Forest Elephants

When a DNA identification system was set up to trace where poached ivory was coming from, scientists found that the African Elephants consisted of two very different species. They expected slight variations in the genetic makeup, but were surprised to discover two different species.

About 2.5 million years ago two genetically different strains of elephants evolved in Africa. The forest elephant, which found its niche in the equatorial…

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