A poached elephant in Myanmar. The elephant had been wearing a satellite-GPS collar as part of a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute study tracking elephant movements to mitigate human-elephant conflict. Photo: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The team first became aware of the crisis while conducting an unrelated study fitting Asian elephants —which are smaller than their African cousins—with satellite GPS collars to understand their movements better and reduce human-elephant conflict.
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Elephants on the path to extinction - the facts | Environment | The Guardian
Elephants are the biggest land animals on Earth and eat 50 tonnes of food a year. Here are all the elephant facts you've always wanted to know. While the African elephants are closely related, the Asian elephant is quite distinct. Adult males weigh up to six tonnes, while male Asian elephants usually weigh no more than five tonnes.
The continually growing human population of tropical Asia has encroached on the elephant's dense but dwindling forest habitat. Habitat loss and fragmentation Illegal hunting and trade Capture of wild elephants Genetic threat Disease. Toggle navigation. Language English.
The Asian elephant Elephas maximus , also called Asiatic elephant , is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed throughout the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia , from India in the west, Nepal in the north, Sumatra in the south, and to Borneo in the east. Three subspecies are recognised— E. The Asian elephant is the largest living land animal in Asia.