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Elephas maximus maximus
Gentle giants. Known for their size, intelligence, family groups, bonding and trunk. Killed for ivory. Sri Lankan elephants are smaller than their African counterparts...even smaller than the Indian ones I think.
Watering hole (Last pic) at the Yala National Park. We were lucky enough to see an elephant " kick" at crocodile(s) in the water; not this duo though. They drank copiously, bathed a bit and went their leisurely way. the older elephant kept close to the young one.
The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant, and native to Sri Lanka. Since 1986, Elephas maximus has been listed as endangered by IUCN.Sri Lankan elephants are the largest subspecies. Video:https://youtu.be/M54HETOHMWA