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Umbuso (Regnum) Animalia (Izilwane)
Uzalo (Phylum) Chordata (Izilwane ezinomgogodla)
Iqembu (Classis) Mammalia (Izilwane ezincelisayo)
Uhlelo (Ordo) Proboscidea
Umndeni (Familia) Elephantidae (Izilwane ezifana nezindlovu)

Izindlovu (igama lesayensi: Elephantidae) ziyizilwane ezincelisayo ezihlala e-Afrika ne-Eshiya. Zimbili izinhlobo zezindlovu, yilezo okuthiwa indlovu yase-Afrika (Loxodonta) nendlovu yase-Eshiya (Elephas).

Izindlovu yizilwane ezikhulu emhlabeni wonke futhi yizilwane zihlakaniphile kakhulu! Kukhona izinhlobo ezimbili zezindlovu e-Asia futhi e-Africa.[1] Zahlala indawo yonke yase-Afrika. Abantu bahlaba izindlovu ngoba bafuna izinyo lendlovu. La mazinyo ayigugu kodwa manje ezizweni zikhulu zingavumelani nomthetho ukuzithengisa[2].

Izindlovu zinamandla zinkulu. Zinesikhumba esibambene noma esihlangene kodwa zithanda ukuzibhaceka ngoba udaka luvikela izikhumba zazo elangeni futhi kwizilwanyaze. Izindlovu zinezindlebe ezinkulu. Lezi zindlebe ziyazigwagwaza futhi zisiza ukuzipholisa[3].

Izindlovu zihlala emihlambeni kodwa izinkunzi zahlala oyedwa. Uma amavukana ane-12 izinsuku zishiye umhlambi futhi ahlala kanye namavukana nentanga akhe. Izindlovu zingaphila ngaphezu kuna-60 noma 70 iminyaka kodwa ziyafa uma amazinyo azo edleka futhi azingadli kahle[4]. Izindlovu zisaba abantu kuphela kodwa uma zibuthakathaka amabhubhesi angazibulala.

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