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Indian elephants can reach up to 3.35 meters at the shoulder and weigh up to 5 tons. A very obvious difference to their African relatives are their smaller ears and the fact that only the males have visible tusks.
The animals have a very good memory and even use tools. For example: they use long branches as „fly swatters“ for swatting bothersome insects.
European Endangered species Program
This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.
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|Classification||Order: proboscidea (trunked mammals), family: elephantidae|
|Diet||Grasses, leaves, bark, soft woods, bamboo seedlings, roots and fruits|
|Habitat||Rainforests, swamp forests, montane forests, bamboo forests, grasslands|
|Reproduction||Gestation period: approx. 21 months, one offspring; birth weight: on average 100 kg; suckling period: 8–10 months; puberty at 8–12 years; maximum age: over 50 years|