Cultural Significance And Science Of Asian Elephants

1458 Words Mar 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Dylan Stein
INQ 120-L1
Dr. Marwood Larson- Harris
February 11, 2016
The Cultural Significance and Science of Asian Elephants Although there is a wide array of animal species that live in Asia, the Elephant is one of the most prized and sought after animal species in the continent because of its large impact on culture and society. Elephants are one of the smartest animals on the entire planet and they have a very big cultural significance also. They are very friendly with humans as well, which makes them an even more likeable animal. Their cultural significance goes back to the Buddhist days and has carried on all the way to today. Elephants are becoming an extinct animal and are an endangered species as pronounced by the IUCN. Asian elephants are herbivores and are considered the biggest land animals in all of Asia. The average life span of an Asian elephant is 60 years and they have trunks that contain 60,000 muscles, which is why they use it for so many things. Most Asian elephants have tusks, which they can use to debark trees and help protect them from various other things such as predators. The skin color of elephants is usually gray and is smoother then the skin of an African elephant.
Asian Elephants have been proven to be one of the smartest animals on the planet. There are various things that have been video recorded and scientifically tested to prove that animals can do human like things. Some of the things that elephants are capable of doing are identifying…
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