The illegal ivory trade is not the only reason the iconic African Elephant populations are declining at alarming rates. Spotlight on Species 2015/2016. For an entire year we are focusing on some of Africa’s most beautiful and unique species for a month. (Scroll down for infographic) July 2015 – The African Elephant The African elephant is the largest land mammal on the planet. It has two sub-species, the Savanna elephant and the Forest elephant. Unfortunately, the African elephant is classified as Vulnerable, with only 472,000 to 690,000 individuals as compared to the 5 million estimated in the 1930s and 1940s….