10 Facts About Asian elephant


In general, the Asian elephant is smaller than the African bush elephant and has the highest body point on the head.

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In China, the Asian elephant survives only in the prefectures of Xishuangbanna, Simao, and Lincang of southern Yunnan.

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Borneo Asian elephant occurs in Borneo's northeastern parts, primarily in Sabah, and sometimes in Kalimantan .

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In 2003, mitochondrial DNA analysis and microsatellite data indicated that the Borneo Asian elephant population is derived from stock that originated in the region of the Sunda Islands.

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Pre-eminent threats to the Asian elephant today are the loss, degradation and fragmentation of its habitat, which leads to increasing conflicts between humans and elephants.

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The demand for Asian elephant skin has risen due to it being an increasingly-common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.

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In countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the Asian elephant is one of the most feared wild animals, even though they are less deadly than other local animals such as venomous snakes .

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Skin of the Asian elephant is used as an ingredient in Chinese medicine as well as in the manufacture of ornamental beads.

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About half of the global zoo Asian elephant population is kept in European zoos, where they have about half the median life span of conspecifics in protected populations in range countries.

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Similarly, the Asian elephant is the twelfth animal zodiac in the Dai animal zodiac of the Dai people in southern China.

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