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African Elephant
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The African Elephant is part of a yearly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. They can be found along other animals in the Hall of African Mammals. The African Elephant is featured throughout Night at the Museum.

Description

One species of African elephant, the bush elephant, is the largest living terrestrial animal, while the forest elephant is the third largest. Their thickset bodies rest on stocky legs, and they have concave backs. Their large ears enable heat loss. The upper lip and nose form a trunk. The trunk acts as a fifth limb, a sound amplifier, and an important method of touch. African elephants' trunks end in two opposing lips, whereas the Asian elephant trunk ends in a single lip. In L. africana, males stand 3.2–4.0 m (10–13 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 4,700–6,048 kg (10,360–13,330 lb), while females stand 2.2–2.6 m (7–9 ft) tall and weigh 2,160–3,232 kg (4,762–7,125 lb); L. cyclotis is smaller with male shoulder heights of up to 2.5 m (8 ft). The largest recorded individual stood four metres (13.1 ft) at the shoulders and weighed 10 tonnes (10 long tons; 11 short tons).

Role

Night at the Museum

In the film, Larry Daley had encountered an African Elephant when he was following the instructions on the Manual to lock up the Lions.

The African Elephant was later seen wandering through the lobby when the other exhibits were fighting.

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