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The Majestic Asian Elephant

Kaadoo- committed to wildlife conservation and sustainabilityElephants have been revered for centuries in Asia, playing an important role in the continent's culture and religion. They also play a critical role in maintaining the region's forests. But their habitat is shrinking and Asian elephants are now endangered.

A significant number of male Asian elephants are tuskless, varying  from just 5% in Sri Lanka to aound 90% in southern India - possibly indicating reckless ivory hunting in the past

Female elephants are more social than males. They form herds of related females that are led by the oldest female, the 'matriarch'. Males sometimes form small groups with other males.

Elephants need to eat an average of 150 kg per day to survive. They can spend more than two thirds of each day feeding on grasses. But they also devour large amounts of bark, roots, leaves and stems. Cultivated crops such as bananas, rice and sugarcane are also favoured foods - sometimes bringing them into conflict with humans. They need to drink at least once a day so they are always close to a source of fresh water.

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Asian elephant; Elephant d'Asie (Fr); Elefante Asiàtico (Sp)

  • Scientific Name

    Elephas maximus

  • Status

    Endangered; CITES Appendix I

  • Population

    40,000 - 50,000

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Kaadoo is committed to the cause of conservation. A number of our game titles feature elephants - a huge favorite with children.