Elephants won the HTTT Animals Tournament in May 2009 on the PsychoAndy.com Message Boards, much to the chagrin of many who voted for Tigers (although, their victory did spare tigers from encurring the wrath of those who voted for elephants).
There are two major types of elephants, the African Elephant (two species) and the Asian Elephant (one species). African Elephants are the biggest land animals. Asian elephants are slightly smaller.
Elephants have very strong social bonds and live in family groups headed by a female (called a cow). Males (called bulls) occasionally join the group. Elephants are excellent swimmers. They have few natural enemies except man, and they are in danger of extinction due to loss of habitat and poaching (they are killed for their ivory tusks -- two long, protruding upper teeth).