African Elephant

The African elephant (specifically an African bush elephant) is part of a yearly exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Several of them can be found along other animals in the Hall of African Mammals. A male African elephant is featured throughout Night at the Museum and makes a few appearances in its sequels.


1 species of African elephant, the African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana), is the largest living terrestrial animal and land mamal, while the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) is the 3rd 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 5th limb, a sound amplifier, and an important method of touch. African elephant trunks end in 2 opposing lips, whereas the Asian elephant trunk ends in a single lip. In African bush elephants, 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); African forest elephants are 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).


Night at the Museum

The stuffed body of the African elephant first appeared when Cecil Fredericks showed Larry Daley to the Hall of African Mammals for the 1st time. It was displayed behind rope lines to the between the left of a cabinet holding several African artifacts and the right of a pair of zebras that were among the animals on the base behind the one of the lions.

On his first night, Larry 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.


  • In the real life version of the Museum of Natural History, a herd of 8 African elephants (both male and female) are featured and displayed in the center of the Akeley Hall of African Mammals (the real life version of the Hall of African Mammals). However, only 1 male African elephant appears in Night at the Museum.

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