I am sure that we all know that there are several types of elephants, the African and the Asian. However, not all of us know much information about any elephant type. While I know that my local zoo is home to several Asian elephants I really didn’t know much information about the Asian elephant.
The Asian elephant originates from Asia which is fairly self explanatory. Now granted the Asian elephant is not the largest type of elephant that would be the African elephant, the Asian is still a beautiful creature to look at. I know that when I venture into the Cincinnati zoo with my kids one of their favorite spots to go to and spend most of the day is the elephant house and pen, they literally are mesmerized by watching the Asian elephants sway back and forth and eat the hay that is provided for them to eat.
Asian elephants do exist in the wild as well, but according to the description at the zoo are on the endangered list. So hopefully they are able to make a rebound like so many other animals that are on the endangered species list. I know that it would be a shame to lose the Asian elephant because of its majestic beauty. Now while the wild elephants that are in Asia are still around many villagers get upset with them because of the crop damage that they do. However, from what I have read on Wikipedia that when the elephants are spotted in the villagers fields or gardens it does tend to attract the tourist dollars.
While the Asian elephants at my local zoo are large the largest Asian elephant was measured at twelve feet tall. However, Wikipedia told me that the Asian elephants at my local zoo according to what I can estimate there height as being would put them at the average height of nine feet for the new male, and roughly eight feet for the female. I know that even with them across the pen with the handlers in the pen with them feeding them or washing them that the handler is dwarfed by the size of the elephant! Which I have talked to some of the handlers outside of the elephant pen and know that they are not small by any means!
The Asian elephant is a large animal that most of us will only be able to view in the zoos, but if you get a chance to see one in the wild please feel free to share! I know that for most of us in America seeing an Asian elephant in the wild would be very hard to do, but not impossible if we get to travel to Asia! However, until that happens please enjoy the Asian elephants in your zoos.