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Asian Elephant

Elephas maximus

Description:

Asian Elephants are the only living species of the genus Elephas, and distributed in South East Asia from India to Borneo in the east. The Indian elephant is under severe threat from poaching and the population has declined by 50% over the last three generations according to IUCN.

Habitat:

Asian Elephants are found mainly in the tropical grasslands and deciduous forests India, Nepal,Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malay Peninsula and China.

Notes:

I remember the that when I was nearing the herd in my kayak, the elephant s started trumpeting as they felt in danger. The entire herd of 5 elephants were trying to protect the young calf, by hiding it between their legs. It was such a moving scene to watch, and it just explained to me how intelligent and emotionally attached these gentle giants are.

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Aj Unni
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Aj Unni

Kerala, India

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Sep 25, 2011

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