About Asian Elephant

The elephant is Earth's largest land animal, although the Asian elephant is slightly smaller than its African cousin. Asian elephants can be identified by their smaller, rounded ears. (An African elephant's ears resemble the continent of Africa.)

Elephants use their tusks to dig for roots and water, strip bark from trees, and even fight each other. Unfortunately their ivory has gotten them into a lot of trouble. Because ivory is so valuable to some humans, many elephants have been killed for their tusks. This trade is illegal today, but it has not been completely eliminated.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Asian Elephant

Scientific Name: Elephas maximus

Type: Mammals

Diet: Herbivores

Group Name: Herd

Average life span in the wild: Up to 60 years

Size: Height at the shoulder, 6.6 to 9.8 ft

Weight: 2.25 to 5.5 tons


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