|Copyright: manaswi jain (manaswi27)
|Date Taken: 2009-05-12|
|Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-10-25 6:30|
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|Indian Elephant |
The Asian or Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus), sometimes known by the name of one of its subspecies, the Indian Elephant, is one of the three living species of elephant, and the only living species of the genus Elephas. It is the largest living land animal in Asia. The species is found primarily in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and parts of Nepal and Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, China, Bhutan, and Sumatra. It is considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching, with between 41,410 and 52,345 left in the wild. Asian elephants are rather long-lived, with a maximum recorded life span of 86 years.
The Indian Elephant, Elephas maximus indicus, is one of four subspecies of the Asian Elephant, the largest population of which is found in India. This subspecies is also found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Laos, Peninsular Malaysia, Burma/Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Indian Elephants live in or near the forest jungle, although their habitat may vary. They tend to be nomadic and roaming in nature and do not stay in one place for more than a few days. They can live in jungles but gravitate towards areas that contain open space and grass.
The Indian Elephant is up to 6.4 metres (21 ft) long. Its height at the shoulder is between 2 and 3.5 metres (6.6 and 11.5 ft) and it weighs between 2.7 and 4.5 tonnes (3.0 and 5.0 short tons). It is taller and thinner than the Asian elephant found in Thailand. The Indian elephant is known for its large amounts of defecation in one time. The largest Indian Elephant was 8 metres (26 ft) long, stood 3.5 metres (11 ft) and weighed 8 tonnes (8.8 short tons).
Since Indian Elephants are a subspecies of the Asian Elephants, there are not many differences. Indian elephants have smaller ears, but relatively broader skulls and larger trunks than African elephants. Females are smaller than males and have little or no tusks. Toes are large and broad. The feet and nails are not large. Unlike their African cousins, their abdomen is proportionate with their body weight but the African elephant has a large abdomen as compared to the skulls.
Population & endangerment
The WWF considers the Indian Elephant widely distributed, but endangered. The current population of the Indian Elephant is in the range of 20,000-25,000. The Indian Elephant was assessed as an endangered species in 1996 by the Asian Elephant Specialist Group.  Indian Elephants are threatened by poaching for the ivory of their tusks, by the loss of habitat due to human pressure on forested areas and due to human conflict. The isolated populations of wild elephants in individual wildlife sanctuaries are also threatened by loss of habitat.
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Nice panorama and framed in a unique style. Well done sir.
- [2010-10-25 6:47]
your herd of elephant is exciting. What a nice feeling to have seen these big animals.
A nicely captured in its surroundings.
I never have any such encounter before.
Ciao Manaswi, great family group, beautiful scene of wildlife, wonderful natural ambientation, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2010-10-25 12:06]
A fine capture of a group of bathing I ndian Elephants. The clarity, POV, colours and composition are excellent and the framing is original.
Thanks and kind regards,
- [2010-10-25 12:07]
Very nice composition, great photo of the elephant's family. Good colors and details.
an nice family picture from this group Elephats.
Good pov and sharpness.
This photo makes me thirsty! This group certainly seems to be enjoying the drink and frolic in the water.
Great photo, thanks for sharing.
C'est toujours lorsqu'il sont en troupeau que les éléphants sont le plus photogéniques comme le prouve ton agréable publication restituant fidèlement une très belle scène de la vie sauvage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Very interesting work, I like the cut in landscape mode, is also commendable how you handled the light fow show us perfectly detailed elephants! Good work, though I disagree a lot of that frame like a notebook! :)