It is worth remembering though that these two land masses cover a great amount of area. There are also a few different types of elephants which inhabit Africa and Asia.
The Elephants of Africa
When we imagine or think of elephants, we are normally picturing the kind of elephants that originate from the continent of Africa. Even within this country, however, we can find two different types of these magnificent beasts.
Among all the elephants, it is the African Elephant that is the granddaddy of them all. Not only are they the largest of the elephants, they have a lifespan of up to 70 years too. It is also noted that the African Elephant has ears that somewhat resemble the shape of Africa.
Within the African Elephant family, there are two subspecies of these large creatures, the Savanna Elephant, commonly referred to as the bush elephant. The other is the African forest elephant.
It is believed by many experts that there were once as many as 17 different types of elephants in Africa. Today, we have these two.
The Elephants of Asia
If you see an elephant in Asia, you will recognize it as a large animal, but you may also quickly detect that the Asian elephant isn't as big as the African elephant. That is also one of the most distinguishing characteristics of Asia elephants.he
These smaller but impressive animals live in the Southeastern areas of Asia. These incredible creatures are also listed as an endangered species. Likewise, African elephants are considered as vulnerable.
The Future of Elephants
Today, there is a much greater awareness about the dangers surrounding elephants, including poachers and natural habitat erosions. It has also been a concentrated effort of zoos and zoologists, to create natural reservations in addition to the efforts of keeping elephants in captivity.
Elephants are commonly found in the region of the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa, to the rainforest of Central Africa and into Mali. With the help of advocacy and animal rights groups, in addition to government agencies, there is hope for the future of elephants in both Africa and Asia.
There are two countries where we can find elephants in their natural habitat, and fortunately many zoos where we can appreciate these beautiful creatures too.