Elephants are the unmistakable, iconic, gentle grey, giants of Africa. The low-pitched, rolling-rumble of these mammoths communicating contentedly in close proximity is an incomparable experience and the sound waves tangibly tickle an onlooker’s senses. As large and heavy as they are, elephants are also able to literally vanish into the bush without so much as a muffled footfall to betray their exit, should they choose to do so. The largest terrestrial mammal worldwide, they exhibit extreme intelligence and strength, modifying habitats to both the benefit and detriment of entire ecosystems. Their complex society mirrors the altruistic elements of our own, visibly mourning their dead and learning over a life-long period. They occupy any habitat with adequate food, shade and water, from rainforests and savannas to deserts and mountains.