Although singularly referred to as the African Elephant, there are actually two species of elephants in Africa: the African bush elephant, and the smaller African forest elephant. Unlike their relatives from Asia, African elephants always have tusks and have larger ears. History: Sadly, both the African bush elephant and African forest elephant are considered vulnerable species. While many conservation preserves and methods have been established, wild elephants are suffering from a loss of their natural habitat and remain one of the most commonly illegally poached animals. Scientific Name: Genus Loxodonta Characteristics: Complete with huge, floppy ears, massive ivory tusks, and a lengthy trunk, this figurine captures the essence of this wondrous mammal. Did you know that African elephant's ears are the same shape as the African continent? Size: At 11.7 inches long, 5.85 inches wide, and 8.4 inches tall.