One subspecies of African elephant, known as the forest elephant, lives in the rain forest. The forest elephant lives in the equatorial forests in the central and western regions of the African continent.
This species of elephant is often referred to as the pygmy elephant, because it's smaller in size than the elephants that live on the African savanna. Their smaller size allows them to move around with ease in the thick brush of the rain forest floor. The forest elephant is darker in color and has a longer face than the savanna elephant, with straight rather than curved tusks, which help them avoid becoming caught in forest vines and brush.