Image Size: 7" x 4.5" x 7.5" ()

African elephants once numbered in the millions across Africa, but by the mid-1980s their populations had been devastated by poaching. Renowned for its large size, ivory tusks and trumpeting call, these animals have no natural predators, although lions may take calves or weak individuals. Yet some African nations report a decrease of their elephant populations by as much as two-thirds, with populations in protected areas now under siege. Additionally, scientists now consider elephants a keystone species that help maintain suitable habitats for many other species in savanna and forests ecosystems. "The elephant has long fascinated my consciousness, "Wyland says. "They are a perfect subject for sculpture. Yet in real life they are even now engaged in a battle for survival against poaching and ivory smuggling."


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