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Indian elephant

(Elephas maximus indicus)

 

Category: Mammals

 

 

The Indian elephant is one of three subspecies of the Asian elephant and are native to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malay Peninsular, Laos, China, Cambodia, and Vietnam. They can inhabit a variety of grassland and forest ecosystems. These “mega-herbivores” are able to ingest over 300 pounds of plant material a day! Poaching and habitat destruction pose major threats to wild populations and they are classified as endangered.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_elephant

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Proboscidea
Family - Elephantidae
Genus - Elephas
Species - Elephas maximus

 
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