Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos
Under trees, near sources of water
9 ft tall
- Smaller than their African counterparts and more easily domesticated
- Domesticated for thousands of years for labor, entertainment, and war.
- Because only some males and very few females have tusks, they are not poached or hunted to the same level as African Elephants
- Considered endangered mostly due to loss of habitat and food
- Have been known to invade human crops and stores of food, leading to deaths of elephants and humans alike
While African Elephants bring up images of fierce, free roaming beasts, Asian Elephants are most often associated with circuses and war. Domesticated for thousands of years, Asian Elephants have greatly advanced human civilization at the expense of their own. Mistreatment of Asian Elephants under humans continues today, although efforts to rescue and comfort these elephants has brought many of them peace. Like the African Elephants, Asian Elephants are intelligent and social. The females live in tight knit groups for their entire lives and care for their young together. They are slightly smaller than African Elephants due to the fact they live in forests rather than out in the open.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Proboscidea Family: Elephantidae Genus: Elephas Species: E. maximus