Animals And Dangers : The Danger Of Elephants In Danger

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Jessica Lester
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21 November 2017 Elephants in Danger Elephants are very interesting animals.“Elephant numbers fell dramatically in the 19th and 20th centuries” (Elephants). Due to poaching and ivory trade the elephant population had been dramatically dwindling. Habitat loss is another major contributor to the decrease in these extraordinary animals. There are many different things people can do to help slow their decline in population. Raising awareness about this problem could help us save the elephants. “The elephant is the largest land mammal on Earth” (Elephant | Species | WWF). Elephants need a lot of food, land, water and space to roam with their herd. The rainforests they call home are being cut down, causing them to migrate closer to humans. This causes elephants to get into farmers crops, putting them at risk of being killed. “Elephants use their trunks to dig for food, water and strip the bark off of trees” (African Elephant | National Geographic). Only the male elephants use their tusks to battle each other. Elephants are very fond of water and “elephants ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes the African heat is too much”(African Elephant | National Geographic). The Asian elephant is very intelligent. “It is one of the only land mammals known to recognize itself in the mirror” (Asian Elephant). Asian elephants are much smaller than African elephants and they have much smaller ears and tusks. “ They are also very social, forming groups of six to eight elephants which is lead by an older female called a matriarch” (Asian Elephant). There are three subspecies, the Indian elephant, the Sumatran elephant and the Sri Lankan elephant. Their tusks are worth a fortune on the black market. With male elephants having larger tusks they are more at risk to being poached. Which is one of the main reasons they are becoming extinct. They are being killed and people are collecting their tusks for money. The African elephant is bigger than the Asian elephant. They have much larger tusks and much larger ears. “Poaching caused a decline of African elephants from 1.3 million to 600,000 individuals between 1979-1987” (Effects Of Poaching). There is a certain

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