The 20 Biggest Mammals, Ranked by Category


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Biggest Elephant: African Elephant (7 Tons)

The 20 Biggest Mammals, Ranked by Category

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The largest land-dwelling mammal on earth, at seven tons, the African elephant is smaller than the blue whale for good reason: The buoyancy of water helps to counteract the blue whale’s weight, and elephants are terrestrial. One reason the African elephant has enormous ears is to help dissipate its internal body heat. A warm-blooded, seven-ton mammal generates a lot of calories

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