In the wild, elephants that survive to adulthood stand a good chance of living until they die from natural causes associated with aging. Like most mammals, aging elephants may grow more susceptible to disease and weakness. Also, when a very old elephant wears down the last of its teeth, it will no longer be able to feed and is likely to die of starvation or malnutrition; wild elephants can not survive much longer than the last of their teeth. If this kind of death associated with the natural deterioration of the body due to age counts as “death from old age” than a many elephants do die of old age in the wild. The average lifespan for a wild elephant is about 70 years.
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