New exhibition focuses on the large, intelligent and endangered elephant

When you think of elephants, you think big, right? Well, not all elephants were jumbo.

The smallest known elephant species lived in Sicily, and was just over 3 feet tall. It’s been extinct for thousands of years, but the question is, how did it shrink?

“Amazingly, some animals over a periods of time can get smaller. They adapt to local conditions because it favors them to be smaller where they have more food resources,” said Lauri Halderman, the senior vice president for exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.

The Upper West Side museum is opening a the new exhibition called “The Secret World of Elephants” to

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