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How to Live with Elephants?

Living With Elephants Foundation is devoted to providing rescued African elephants with a second chance and a safe home in the wilderness of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Currently under care are Jabu and Morula, two rescued elephants saved from culling operations in which their families were destroyed. Jabu and Morula cannot be released fully to the wild due to their traumatic starts in life and chronic injuries.

Importance of Elephant Conservation

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has listed the Asian Elephant as endangered with a decreasing population.

It is very difficult to accurately count elephant populations due to densely vegetated habitats. The error margins are also high due to different survey techniques and beliefs that population monitoring is unimportant. However, we do believe that over 50% of the remaining wild Asian elephants are in India.

The overall population trend of the Asian elephant has been downwards for many centuries and this has been especially evident in the countries of South-east Asia. Happily, at least in India, there is some evidence that the large population of elephants in the Western Ghats in the south of the country has been increasing in recent years due to improved conservation effectiveness.

Thai Elephant VS Africa Elephant

There are many differences between Asian and African elephants. Both types of elephant are members of the same taxonomical family, elephantidae, but are of a different genus; elephas maximus (Asian elephants, Loxodonta africana (African savanna elephants) and Loxodonta cyclotis (African Forest Elephant).

The African elephant is significantly larger, with bulls growing up to 4m tall. The biggest Asian males reach no more than 3.5m

  • 3000 – 6000 kg
  • 2 – 3.5 Meter
  • Smoother
  • Up to 20 pairs
  • On the back
  • Smaller, do not reach over the neck
  • Convex or straight
  • Either almost straight or sagging in the middle
  • Crumpled from the front to the back, with humped structures on the top of the head, forehead dented
  • Lamella profile of the molars strongly compressed
  • Males in many cases having tusks. Females having only rudimentary or no tusks
  • Long and tapered
  • Mainly grass
  • With less rings, harder
  • With one finger
  • Foreleg 5 / Hind leg 4 or rarely 5
  • Weight
  • Shoulder height
  • Skin
  • Number of ribs
  • Highest point
  • Size of the ears
  • Shape of the back
  • Shape of the belly
  • Shape of the head
  • Teeth
  • Tusks
  • Lower lip
  • Food
  • Trunk
  • Trunk end
  • Toenails
  • 4000 – 7000 kg
  • 3 – 4 Meter
  • More wrinkled
  • Up to 21 pairs
  • On the shoulder
  • Bigger, reach up over the neck
  • Convex or straight
  • Diagonally downward in the direction of the hind legs
  • Not crumpled from the front to the back, no humped structures, no dent
  • Lamella profile of the molars diamond-shaped
  • Existing with both sexes. Bigger withthe males
  • short and round
  • Mainly leaves
  • With more rings, less hard
  • With two fingers
  • Foreleg 4 or rarely 5 / Hind leg 3 or rarely 4

Foods for Elephant

Thai elephants are classed as Indian elephants. ... Elephants are herbivores, consuming ripe bananas, leaves, bamboo, tree bark, and other fruits. Eating occupies 18 hours of an elephant's day. They eat 100-200 kilograms of food per day.

Herbs for Elephant

Elephants eat grasses, roots, fruit and bark. They use their tusks to pull the bark from trees and dig roots out of the ground. An elephant has an appetite that matches its size. An adult can eat 300 lbs. (136 kg) of food in a day.