Common Name: Asian Elephant
Scientific Name: Elephas maximus
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Proboscidea
- Family: Elephantidae
- Genus: Elephas
- Species: Maximus
Habitat: The elephant from the picture is specifically from Thailand. Most Asian Elephants live in grasslands in the Southeast Asia area.
Behavior: Enjoys bathing by spraying water or even dust all over their body; mourns over a dead companion; at times sleeps while standing up; very strong
Diet: Vegetation such as grasses and twigs.
into the Pinnawela National Park
Asian elephants in Khao Yai national park, Thailand. By Tontan Travel, http://www.tontantravel.com/tours/en/khao-yai-tours.html
Driving on the bridge over the Yamuna River I spotted 1 asian elephant with a group of people. My family that lives nearby said the people use the elephants to make money, for tourist rides or as work animals. It was not restrained in any way.
The Asian or Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus) is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed in Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. Three subspecies are recognized — Elephas maximus maximus from Sri Lanka, the Indian elephant or E. m. indicus from mainland Asia, and E. m. sumatranus from the island of Sumatra. Asian elephants are the largest living land animals in Asia.