African elephant

African elephant

Latin name: Loxodonta africana

Largest Terrestrial Mammal! 

  • Weighing up to six tons and standing four meters tall at the shoulder, it is the largest terrestrial mammal. The world record goes to a huge 10-ton male, now exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
  • It uses its long and powerful trunk to breathe, smell, drink, grab food and also use it for defense purposes. It contains over 40,000 muscles and tendons, but not a single bone! 
  • Its tusks, modified incisors, are used to dig in the soil in order to find water, take down trees, break branches or remove bark for food. They can weigh up to 100 kg (220 lbs).
  • It has good learning capabilities and its memory is excellent, since it has to remember where the food and water sources are located. Saying that an elephant never forgets is true!
  • Since the fifties, the world population of African elephants has declined by about two million individuals. Poaching for ivory as well as the fragmentation of its habitat are the greatest threats to its long-term survival.
  • Distribution Africa
  • Habitat Savannahs, forests
  • Diet Herbivore
  • Status Vulnerable
  • Zoo Zone Africa

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Testimonials

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff