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- n. Either of two species of elephant, Loxodonta africana or Loxodonta cyclotis, found in Africa.
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- n. an elephant native to Africa having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks
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More to the point, my colleague Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, who is the world authority on wild African elephant populations, takes it seriously and believes, surely rightly, that it needs looking into more closely.