15 Dec 2020


Elephants are remarkable animals. They’re the largest existing land animals and can be found in a range of habitats including forests, marshes, deserts and savannas in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. They also feature in our global folklore as holders of memory, and more recently their sense for danger. 

Coming out of 2020, we will probably still holdfast to the learning and workplace platforms we've embraced this year. But that doesn't mean our colleagues and classmates are to be hostages of the cat's bum or worse ...

Get the  Elephant back in the room, please! So trumpet it up and download your free elephant wallpaper - perfect for your online conference call.

Elephant in the sunset

Zoom background - Elephant in sunset
© Photo by Keyur Nandaniya on Unsplash

Being the world’s largest animal on land definitely makes the elephant stand out! They have massive bodies, large ears and long trunks. Their trunks are used to suck up water to drink and bathe, pick up food and objects, trumpet warnings and interact with other elephants. It helps that each trunk has 150,000 muscle units and that it can hold up to eight litres of water.

Plus, while they’re very sensitive creatures, did you know that in most places their skin is around 2.5 cm thick? And, elephants need up to 150kg of food per day - that’s around 375 tins of baked beans… of which half may leave the body undigested.

Asian elephant

Zoom background - Asian elephant in India
© naturepl.com / Felis Images / WWF

Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) inhabit tropical forests and grasslands in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. There are three subspecies currently recognised: the Sumatran, Indian and Sri Lankan elephants. On average in the wild Asian elephants can live up to 60 years and weigh in around 2.5 - 5.5 tonnes each.

African elephant herd

Zoom background - African elephant herd
© naturepl.com / Anup Shah / WWF

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) can be found throughout the rainforests of central and West Africa and the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. They’re slightly bigger than Asian elephants and can be identified by their larger ears, shaped almost like the continent of Africa!

Elephants are a keystone species as they have an important impact on their environments. However, they are listed as vulnerable and endangered due to habitat destruction and the ivory and skin trade.

WWF-Australia is working to protect elephants by managing key habitats and creating reforested wildlife corridors so they can migrate safely. We are also fitting them with GPS collars to track their movements, to keep both elephants and people safe.

You can help us continue critical conservation work by adopting an elephant today.