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    Asian Elephant Range

    Asian elephants range in 13 countries. In the past 50 years, the Asian elephant range has shrunk by over 70%.

    In Asia there are approximately 70,000 people to 1 elephant across their range.

    There were over 100,000 elephants in Thailand at the beginning of last century. There are less than 4,000 today.



    One out of every three Asian elephants left in the world is a captive animal.

    Recent research suggests that captive elephants suffer long-term depression over the trauma of their capture and captivity, as well as drastically shortened life spans.

    The famous elephants from the Ringling Bros. circus performed for the last time on May 1st, , 2016. They are now retired in the circus’s conservation center.


    Other Facts

    The African elephant weighs 22,000 pounds and is the planet’s largest land animal.

    The Asian elephant is the second largest, weighing around 10,000 pounds.

    An elephant’s trunk has more than 40,000 muscles, more than all the muscles in the human body. They can tear down trees or pick up a blade of grass with their trunks.

    Elephants have the longest gestation period of any animal at almost 22 months. A newborn elephant can weigh up to 260 pounds.

    At 11 pounds, the elephant has a brain that is larger than any other land animal in the world.