Elephants have no natural predators, yet they are now endangered. The closest thing to a predator is lions preying on the youngsters of a herd. So why has the elephant population shrunk so far that the species is in danger of being extinct? As so often, the answer is humans.
Wild African elephants have a home range of up to 11,000 square kilometers (approx. 4,247 square miles) - that is larger than Cyprus, about the size of Gambia or Qatar. Their habitat is based on more than just offering enough food to feed the herd; it also needs to be stimulating. Elephants are able to learn a range of things, use tools, and are playful. They need diversity to keep them entertained. Even in a herd, each animal likes to roam alone once in a while and the herd likes to migrate with the seasons.