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Asian elephants by John Frederick Eisenberg

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Published by Friends of the National Zoo, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C .
Written in English


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Other titlesBehavior and ecology of the Asiatic elephant in southeastern Ceylon., Ecological reconnaissance of Wilpattu National Park, Ceylon., Managing elephant depredation in agricultural and forestry projects.
StatementJohn F. Eisenberg, George M. McKay, John Seidensticker ; [John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin, editors].
SeriesNatural history classics from the National Zoological Park
ContributionsMcKay, George M., Seidensticker, John., Lumpkin, Susan.
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v. (various pagings) :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13632676M

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In general, the Asian elephant is smaller than the African bush elephant and has the highest body point on the head. The back is convex or level. The ears are small with dorsal borders folded laterally. It has up to 20 pairs of ribs and 34 caudal feet have more nail-like structures than those of African elephants—five on each forefoot, and four on each hind foot.   Mara was on a reduced diet for the journey; Asian elephants typically eat to pounds of food a day. Media attention to Mara’s case got .   Two Species of Elephant. In antiquity, two elephants were known – the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and the African Forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).The latter is now almost extinct and only found in the Gambia; it was smaller than the, at the time unknown, African elephant of central and southern Africa (Loxodonta africana), which explains why ancient writers all claimed the Indian. The thick, wrinkly skin covering the body is a greyish-brown color and very dry. Asian elephants are very important in the religious and cultural history of the region in which they live. Asian elephants eat up to kg of food and defecate up to 18 times a day. The Asian elephant has been a contributor to Asian society over many centuries.

Asian elephants live in the tropical forests and grasslands of Southeast Asia. They’re a little smaller than African elephants but can grow nine feet tall and weigh nearly six tons. That’s heavier than two medium-size cars! Even newborns are on the hefty side, weighing some pounds. A sparkling new book on Asian elephants allows readers to see different dimensions of this animal that has been close to humans for millennia. "The question is, are we happy to suppose that our.   Fantastic photos and great info!! This is a great book of interesting facts about elephants and beautiful photographs displayed on every page. I got this book for my 4 year year olds birthday because elephants are an absolute favorite. Fun book for all ages my 2, 4 and 6 year old all love it and it's one I enjoy as well/5(95).   The Asian Elephants are known to have smaller tusks than the African Elephants and d their heads are very big with large lumps on them. The Asian Elephants have been used over 4, years as tamed animals in the time of war and peace in the Asian countries.