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Asian Elephant Habitat

Habitat of Asian Elephants:

Asian Elephants are found in grassy areas and at the edge of scrub forests in south and south east Asia. They live in herds made up of related females and their young. The herd is directed by the eldest female known as the matriarch. Males leave the herd when they reach adolescence and form herds with other elephants of the same age. Later on they spread out and live alone, approaching females only during the breeding season.

Asian Elephant - Behaviour

Encyclopedia for Asian Elephant Series 3 - Providing habitat, ecology, reporduction, emotional behaviour and communications method employed by the Asian giants. Experts are welcome to provide editorial improvements and share valuable information that will contribute to the goal.

Elephant Population Status

Population estimates of Asian elephants: 41,410 - 52,345 animals. By comparison, African elephants estimated at 600,000.

Asian Elephant Geological Distribution

Though it's difficult to count elephants in the wild, it's estimated that the wild Asian population, which numbered in the hundreds of thousands at the turn of the 20th century, is now only 37,000 to 48,000
animals. Yet thanks to ancient cultural tradition, about 16,000 Asian elephants are kept in captivity in 11 Asian countries.

This situation makes the Asian elephant unique among endangered large mammals. In Thailand there are nearly three times as many elephants in domesticity as in the wild.

Asian Elephant - Family Tree

Encyclopedia for Asian Elephant Series 2 - Dives into the history, providing distribution, population and evolutionary information of this very intelligent and tender giant. Experts are welcome to provide editorial improvements and share valuable information that will contribute to the goal.

Elephant - Physical Characteristics

Description of physical Structure of Asian Elephant

Body Weight:

  • 2000-5500 kg. (4,500-12,000 lbs.)
  • Largest living land mammal (several whales are larger).


Body Length:

  • 5.5-6.5 m. (18-21 ft.)


Tail Length:

  • 1.2-1.5 m. (4-5 ft.)
  • Tail of Elephas m. boreensis longer than other subspecies - almost touches the ground.


Shoulder Height:

How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology

One day last October, agents from a crack Tanzanian crime unit raced past Dar es Salaam's Palm Beach Hotel in pursuit of the suspected leader of a global elephant poaching ring.

The chase was the result of new breakthroughs in Tanzania's fight against an increasingly rapacious poaching trade, which has felled 60 percent of the country's elephant population in the past five years.


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