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Asian Elephant Information


The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is also known as the Asiatic elephant or the Indian elephant (a name of its subspecies). It is a member of the Elephantidae family, genus Elephas. It is considered endangered, the Asian elephant population dramatically decreased over the last decades.

The species is found primarily in large parts of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and parts of Indonesia.

The Asian elephant is an adaptable animal and can occur in a wide range of habitats, from thick jungles to grassy plains.

It is smaller than than African elephant; the easiest way to distinguish the two is that the Asian elephant has smaller ears. The Asian elephant weights 2700-5000 kg (6000-11000 lb.); but females are smaller.

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