“An object of worship, target of hunters, a beast of burden, a burden to the people, gentle in captivity, dangerous in wild, the pride of kings, the companion of mahouts, a machine of war, an envoy of peace, loved, feared and hated, the elephant had a glorious and an infamous association with man in Asia. For its sheer contrast and splendour, this association is unequaled by any other interaction between animal and man in the world.” – Raman Sukumar

Asian elephant: Asian elephants in India

[Elephas maximus]

Status: Endangered

Height: 6.5-11.5 feet

Weight: approximately 11,000 lbs

Length: approximately 21 feet

Average lifespan: up to 60 years

Diet: Herbivore

Habitat: Forest

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