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arkive.org Bibliographic detail (use MLA format) In-text citation (the first word or two of the detail above ) The most common name (s) in English (and maybe Thai) Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Proboscidea The taxonomic classification and scientific Family Elephantidae name (Genus and species) Genus Elephas A description of the characteristics of your Asian elephants eat up to 150kg of food species including information about its and poos up to 18 times a day. It is grey lifestyle, diet and habitat. and a bit pink on the tusk. Asian elephants live in a wide range of grasslands and forest types, including scrub forest, rainforest and semiWhere is it found (distribution) in Thailand and cultivated forests, they are most likely to around the world? include how this has live in combine grass with low woody changed over time and predictions for future plants and trees areas Source 2: wwf.panda.org

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"Asian elephant; Elephant d'Asie (Fr); Elefante Asiàtico (Sp)" Scientific Name Elephas maximus Species: E. maximus Genus: Elephas

Around South East Asia

What is its current conservation status (according to the IUCN) and what are the major threats it faces? What are scientists/ voluntary organizations/ politicians/ environmentalists doing to conserve the species?

The main threats are habitat loss due to growing human populations and large development projects like dams. Also, illegal hunting and trade in ivory is a problem as is capture for domestic use on people's farms. The methods used to catch them are sometimes fatal. Lastly, disease carried by some cattle could be dangerous to the elephants too.

"Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests, Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests" Through the Asian Rhinos and Elephants Action Strategy (AREAS), WWF is working throughout the Asian elephant range to save the remaining populations and their habitats. Because these large animals need a lot of space to survive, WWF thinks the Asian elephant are 'flagship' species, whose conservation would help maintain biological diversity and ecological integrity over extensive areas.

What obstacles do they face with their conservation work?

"The Asian elephant is protected from international trade by its listing on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), although illegal poaching remains a problem. Many elephants occur within protected reserves but these are often too small to accommodate them, leading to humanelephant conflict. Many elephant populations are also found along international borders where management may be weak, and a lack of transboundary cooperation also hinders elephant protection and management. The creation of wildlife corridors to extend reserve lands, together with the cessation of poaching are just some of the conservation steps needed to secure the future of the Asian elephant. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched the Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS) in 1998 to address these issues, and this multifaceted conservation programme is also working with local people to reduce conflict with these magnificent animals."