The Elephant remembers all of the grazing lands and the watering holes from which to feed. It can also remember a threat specifically, like a lion or poacher, its gift is to remember, by this is remembers enemy and foe.
The strength of the Elephant is tremendous, no other animal on land can match its strength. The elephant is wise as it thinks things through to conclusion.
The patience of the elephant makes up for the lack of speed, the Elephant sense the rains, the San shaman would shape shift into the elephant and see where the rain is so as to call it an summons the rain clouds. The elephant brings patience and this slows time, enabling for a better more sacred reaction to life's circumstances.