Fun Facts about India Elephants

Two young Indian elephants

Elephants are not only a cultural icon in India and throughout Asia, they also help to maintain the integrity of their forest and grassland habitats.

OK these first two facts are not so fun but they are informative:  At the turn of the century, there were an estimated 200,000 Asian elephants. Today there are probably no more than 35,000 to 40,000 left in the wild. At first glance, African and Asian elephants appear the same. An informed eye, however, can distinguish the two species.

Indian Elephants Severely Endangered. India’s elephant population is teetering on the brink of extinction because of rampant poaching and brutal training methods, a leading animals rights activist who is also a federal government minister said. “Elephants are almost extinct in India

The Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant and native to mainland Asia.

An African newborn elephant weighs around 300 lb. An Asian newborn elephant weighs around 200 pounds.

Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They have characteristic long noses, or trunks; large, floppy ears; and wide, thick legs. … The Asian elephant and the African elephant live on separate continents and have many unique features.

How tall are the Indian elephants?                                                                                        Male: 8.9 ft.Adult, At Shoulder   Female: 7.3 ft.Adult, At Shoulder Asian elephant/Height

An Asian elephant at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay eating a palm frond. Sixteen to eighteen hours, or nearly 80% of an elephant’s day is spent feeding. Elephants consume grasses, small plants, bushes, fruit, twigs, tree bark, and roots. … Elephants drink up to 40 gallons of water a day.

Asian elephantsElephants have been revered for centuries in Asia, playing animportant role in the continent’s culture and religion. They are also play a critical role in maintaining the region’s forests. But their habitat is shrinking and Asian elephantsare now endangered.

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