Why are elephants an endangered species and what is causing their population to dwindle so rapidly? The biggest threat comes from humans and from our actions, which are destroying the elephant's natural habitat.
Indian elephants may spend up to 19 hours a day feeding and they can produce about 220 pounds of dung per day while wandering over an area that can cover up to 125 square miles. They feed mainly on grasses, but large amounts of tree bark, roots, leaves and small stems are also eaten. Since they need to drink at least once a day, these elephants are always close to a source of fresh water.
Sri Lanken Elephant The Sri Lankan subspecies is the largest and also the darkest of the Asian elephants, with patches of depigmentation—areas with no skin color—on its ears, face, trunk and belly. Once found throughout the tear-shaped island at the bottom of India’s southern tip, these elephants are now being pushed into smaller areas as development activities clear forests and disrupt their ancient migratory routes.
Endangered species art - the Florida Manatee!<br/> Hand-painted watercolor and ink on watercolor paper.<br/> <br/> The gentle and charismatic Florida manatee is truly one of my favorite animals. This distant relative to the elephant has no natural predators and they spend their happy carefree lazy Florida days munching seagrass and slowly traveling along the saltwater shallows. They are very curious and playful - and surprisingly graceful - I have seen them so...
ASIAN ELEPHANTS There has been an overall population decline of at least 50% over the last three generations.
natgeoImage by @joelsartore | A 29-year-old male Asian elephant at @thelosangeleszoo. The elephant is the largest land animal on the planet, although the endangered Asian elephant is slightly smaller than the African elephant. They are social creatures, living in groups of six or seven females led by the oldest member-- the matriarch. They are incredibly intelligent, sensitive and gentle animals, and are a vital part of shaping the landscapes they live in.