Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Elephantidae
         Scientific Name : Elephas maximus

                       Size(H) : 2m - 3m   
                                       (7ft - 10ft)
                       Weight : 3,000kg - 5,000kg
                 Top Speed : 43km/h (27mph)
                  Life Span : 55 - 70 years

                      Colour : Grey, Brown, Black
                 Skin Type : Leather
Distinctive Features : Long trunk and 
                                      large feet

  1. Asian Elephants are found in the tropical jungles of India, China and other south-east Asian countries.
  2. They are much smaller than the African elephants growing up to 2 m tall.
  3. They are extremely strong and friendly with humans.
  4. The Asian Elephants have smaller ears and a more curved spine than the African Elephants.
  5. Rarely, the females, have tusks which are visible only when they open their mouths.
  6. They follow strict migration routes, determined by the monsoon season.
  7. They migrate between the wet and dry seasons.
  8. The oldest Elephant of their herd is responsible for remembering their migratory route.
  9. They are herbivores feeding on plant and plant matter.
  10. Their huge size ensures that they have no real natural predators.
  11. The female Asian Elephants give birth to a single calf after a 22-month gestation.
  12. The elephant calves are cared for by their mother and other female elephants of the herd.
  13. After 5 years, the male calves move out of the herd while the females stay on.
  14. Habitat loss and deforestation are posing a threat to The Asian Elephants.
  15. Humans pose a greater threat by poaching them for their Ivory Tusks.
  16. Due to these factors the Asian Elephants are an endangered species today.

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