African elephants (genus Loxodonta) are the largest land animals, weighing over 13,000 lbs. An elephant's trunk contains up to 150,000 muscles and their sense of smell are four times as sensitive as that of a bloodhound. The tusks are actually incisor teeth and continue to grow throughout an elephant's lifetime. Elephants are highly intelligent and have the largest brains of all land animals (and by body mass ratio, larger than whales). The closest living relatives of elephants are dugongs and manatees. Incidentally, the Asian elephant is evolutionarily closer to the extinct mammoths than they are to African elephants. This was my first attempt at sculpting an elephant, and based on the results I will most likely be sculpting one again as my clay skills improve. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
The blue glass shards which were supposed to be water puddles didn't quite turn out the way I had expected, so this elephant is searching for salt instead.
Wet Clay Model