African elephants grow to 12 feet tall and weigh up to 12,000 pounds. Their ears are bigger than an Asian elephant's.
In the Real World
African elephants live in herds with related females and their calves. African elephant bulls only come to the herd when it's mating season. When an African elephant herd feels threatened by lions or hyenas, they'll form a defensive ring around the calves. African elephants are the only elephants where both sexes have tusks. They use one tusk as a tool. Elephants use their long trunks for eating, picking up things, drinking, trumpeting, painting, and pointing at things. They love water, and sometimes bathe three or four times a day.
In "The Wild Thornberrys"
In "Forget Me Not"
Eliza finds a young male elephant named Shango, who's not visiting his herd anymore and claims to know an elephant named Rebecca is his grandma. When they visit the herd, they find Rebecca in her dying days. Meanwhile, her family aids Shango's mom Zita, who got stuck in the mude hole that her herd was previously taking mud baths in.
In "Birthday Quake"
It's Tyler's birthday, and Eliza goes looking for Shango's herd. She finds Phaedra in a watering hole. They find Shango fighting another elephant bull. When Eliza gets stuck in a hollow tree, Shango, Phaedra and three other elephants get her out.
At the beginning, skinny elephants can be seen walking through the desert.
When the rains begin, elephants can be seen stampeding with giraffes, antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, and lions underneath the tree Eliza, Darwin, and Donnie are in.
At the end of the episode, elephants are seen drinking and playing in an enormous watering hole.
In the Movie
At the beginning, an elephant can be seen with Eliza and Darwin.
Near the end, at the elephant preserve, Eliza defeats the poachers.
Gallery of Elephants from the Franchise