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The Asian Elephant Series 23

The Asian Elephant Series 23
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Full of tenderness / Pleine de tendresse, The Asian Elephant Series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-27 18:11
Viewed: 6235
Points: 42
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The Indian elephant

(Elephas maximus indicus)

Taxonomy and distrubition

Subspecies, belonging to the species Asian elephant, a species belonging to the family of elephants (Elephantidae), which is included in the mammal order Proboscidea. The species Asian elephant was named Indian elephant by Carolus Linneaus before he knew that they occur throughout asia, so the name "Indian elephant" should be used only for the Indian subspecies.


Scientist identify four populations and ten sub populations of the indian elephant, distributed in the South, Central, Northwest and Northeast regions in India.

The southern population

Distribution: forests of Western and Eastern Ghats in the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The north western population

Distribution: Terai forest regions of Uttar Pradesh along the foothills of Himalayas.

The north-eastern population

Distribution: Himalayan foothills of Bhutan and North West Bengal eastwards into the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya.

General Information:

The elephant, largest of the land mammals, has been an integral part of the history, mythology, tradition, culture and religion of India. There are three surviving species of elephants in the world, one in Asia and two in Africa. The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is distributed in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Unlike the African species, Asian elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been used in medieval warfare, for temples, and as a
working animal.

The Asian elephant was once found throughout south and southeast Asia but now it has been reduced to several scattered populations because of human activities like conversion of forest areas to farming, construction of dams and civil works like roads and canals. Apart from habitat constriction, these wide-ranging animals also face obstruction of their traditional migration routes. Poaching of elephants for ivory is another serious problem that elephants face.

Elephants are notable for their remarkable intelligence and a sharp memory. This is because elephants have the largest brains in the animal kingdom. Males have tusks and such elephants are commonly called “tuskers”. There are also some tuskless males, called “makhnas”. The trunk of an elephant is a most distinct and versatile organ and can be used for feeding and drinking, breathing, trumpeting, herding the young ones and sometimes even for fighting.

Asian elephants live in a variety of habitats. They prefer a combination of grassland, shrubbery, and forest.

Elephants are strictly vegetarian and prefer grasses, leaves, stems of trees, vines, bamboos and shrubs. Sometimes they also enter fields in the villages located near forests and raid crops.

Owing to its large size, and high forage requirements elephants are constantly on the move, searching for food. They undertake long-distance migrations and follow the same seasonal migratory routes generation after generation. However, in recent times the migratory routes have been encroached upon by human activities which has seriously affected their movement.

Elephants are social and live in groups consisting of females and their young and are led by the eldest and most experienced female. Living in herds is useful for collective defence, better care and teaching of young ones and increased mating opportunities. Adult males usually travel alone and associate with female herds for mating.

The Jim Corbett National Park, aka the Corbett Tiger Reserve, has about 700 Indian elephants. They are part of the migratory population that also lives in Rajaji National Park. Earlier, there were much fewer elephants in Corbett but their population in the park has increased significantly in recent decades. Although, present throughout the Park, elephants are most easily sighted in Dhikala chaur, Phulai chaur, and near the Saddle Dam.

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hello Goldy

another beautiful photo of the Asian Elephants,
this time a close shot with very fine frontal POV
and vertical framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details,
i love their eye-contacts with you, TFS


Hi L'il Bro Goldy,
what a beautiful shot of this cute family in a fine compositon.
TFS and cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-27 23:07]

Hello Goldy,
nice capture of the elephants family, the poc is very good, well composed shot, natural colours, sharp image,
well done,
Best regards Siggi

Hi Goldy,
beautifull photo,very sharp details, natural colors in an excellent composition,
have a nice day,

Hi Goldy,

Just beautiful I would so love to see these in the wild and photograph them; a zoo is just not the same. The detail is wonderful, the framing is perfect, looks like a very protective mother just beautiful, totally jealous now :)

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-28 1:26]

Hello Goldy,
Another lovely capture of the elephants family.
Nice colours and composition.Good sharness.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-28 1:29]

Nice moment and great details. Well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-28 1:47]

Hi Goldy,

I like this one most from the serie,although I think it would be nicer as the crop was not that tight,anyway the elephants are really posing for you in nice low light conditions,thanks again,


I liked this more than your earlier one. Here the behavior of the elephant wrt to protecting its calf is much more evident.
I love the way the calf is sandwiched between its mother and possible aunt/elder sibling :-)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-28 5:29]

Hi Goldy,
a beautiful shot of these elephants. To me I could feel that they are very loving and deep hearted animals when I look at their eyes.
They render to me a special feeling .
What a nice shot you presented here.


Ciao Goldy, fantastic portrait of great family, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Well, this series becomes better and better Goldy, such a beautiful trio in great detail within their natural environment. An expertly capture indeed my friend.
P.s.: That famous name should read "Linnaeus", not "Linneaus".

nice family, TFS Ori

hello Goldy
exceptional scene, particularly imposing the cluster of these splendid animals,wonderful photo

Gracias por compartir la foto Goldy, estos animales solo están aquí en los zoológicos. Como me gustaría ver ese espectáculo en directo !!
Buen encuadre de esa bonita familia de elefantes.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-28 12:32]

Hello Goldy,
Very busy evening, so a short critique: For me the best photo in this serie so far. Excellent close scene. Great sharp details and beautiful natural light and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-28 12:39]

Hi Goldy. This must be my most favorite animal . I love to see them with their young. You have taken this with good detail and natural colours. You must have been so close . well done TFs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-28 16:08]

Hi Goldy,this elephant serie is really interesting and fascinating.This family is very nice and the sharpness of this pic is over the top of quality! A great idea this serie!!My best compliments,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-28 16:39]

Hi L'il Brother,

I LOVE this family picture. The smallest one is adorable with its little ears, eyes and trunk. All three are excellent but that one really is an eye catcher. Wonderful colors, fine details and a lovely grassy setting. Hope you have more of these for us!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-29 1:46]

Hello Goldy,
This one is a great picture! Very vivid and interesting shot, all the animals are busy and have so pleasant expressions. Perfect sharpness and natural colors. Beautiful composition too. Bravo!
Have a nice evening

Hello Goldy,
what a wonderful picture of the Asian Elephants taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and splendid colours, i like the nice composition with the great mass in FG.
Best regards

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