Primus has multiple meanings, generally derived from the Latin word meaning 'the first one'.
Their music has proven difficult to define; while usually considered by critics to be funk metal or alternative metal, Primus has been called everything from "thrash-funk meets Don Knotts, Jr." to "alternative rock" to "the Freak Brothers set to music." Les Claypool himself once described their music as "psychedelic polka." Primus is the only band with its own ID3v1 genre tag, as extended by Winamp.
Many of Primus's songs have political undertones, and their true politics are thought by most to be liberal. A quote by Larry LaLonde jokes that "we pretty much go along with anything Bob Dole says", which was a sarcastic response to Primus's well known liberal politics. Les Claypool is shown on Primus's Hallucino-Genetics DVD stating support for Michael Moore's controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary, a move which alienated some of Primus's more conservative fans who disagree with Moore. Claypool has also made anti-Bush and anti-war statements at many of his shows.
The song is actually a protest song against poaching in Africa, the band specifically addresses pachyderms as they seem to be more "common targets" for poachers.
The song was released as the second single of the Tales From the Punchbowl album. The music video featured poachers trying to hunt down elephants that were being protected by a group of people, in the end the elephants, rhinoceroses and hippopotomuses, (The elephants have separate airplane-like wings on their backs, the rhinos have helicopter propellers on their backs, and the hippos pile into a dirigible) escaped. Primus themselves only appeared a few times in the video, on the poacher's TV set. It was the band's first fully claymated video and would open the door for future Primus videos to use claymation.