The African elephant is the second of my "Big Five" animal postings. I have read how destructive elephants can be to the environment, and I got to witness it first hand. They literally ripped the branches from trees and then only ate parts of them. Some they would drop onto the ground, stand on one end, and then strip some of the leaves from them, but never all of the leaves. Other branches they would roll around in their mouths and remove the bark, which is what this elephant is doing.