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Elephant Series #07 Bath Time
Elephants love water. In the first photo, taken on the island of Bali in Indonesia, elephants returning from a trek with tourists still on their backs, enter a cool-down pool. In the bottom two photos, taken north of Chang Mai in central Thailand, young elephants enjoy being scrubbed by their mahouts, in the nearby river.
Order: Proboscidea Family: Elephantidae Genus and Species: Elephas maximus
Giant herbivores, Asian elephants can tear down huge tree limbs or pick up small objects with their muscular trunks.
Physical Description: Asian elephants are huge gray animals inhabiting Asian tropical forests. Their gray coloration conceals them in their shady habitat. Elephants’ trunks, unique among living mammals, are versatile, enabling them to reach the ground, manipulate tiny objects or tear down huge tree limbs, squirt water over their backs or into their mouths, or blow dirt onto their backs during dust baths. Female Asian elephants usually lack visible tusks as do males in some populations, such as those in northeast India. Wide, padded feet enable them to walk quietly. Large, flappable ears help these huge animals cool off, although elephants often must retreat to the shade or water during the hottest part of the day.
Domesticated Asian elephants—strong, social, and intelligent—have been trained for thousands of years for use in transportation, labor, and ritual.
Wild Asian elephants inhabit a variety of tropical forest habitats from moist, evergreen lowland forest to dry semi-deciduous teak forests to cooler mountain forests up to 10,000 feet. They also frequent adjacent grasslands and farm areas. Their varied diet enables them to live in disturbed forests as long as they have plenty of space to move around and exploit different foods without coming into conflict with people.