Asian Elephants

Elephas maximus

Old Environment

New Environment


Physical Adaptations


Tusks are used to dig for water or rocks, and also as weapons for attacking or defending.


Trunks are used for many essential things, such as breathing, feeding, touching and feeling, washing, communicating, and drinking.

Behavioral Adaptations

-Very Good Memories

An Asian Elephant's great memory is essential during dry seasons, as elephants guide their herd to watering holes they already found in the past.

-Usually Stays in a Herd or Family

When the elephants are young, their mothers and aunts protect them. When they grow up, they care for and aid other members of the herd. So, staying in groups aids and helps the elephants.

Food Pyramid and Web

Causes and Effects


The Asian Elephants are endangered because illegal poachers kill them for their tusks. Their tusks are made of ivory, which are very expensive and very useful. Ivory can be used for many things, ranging from art, to fans, to dominos. However, since ivory can only be found in tusks and teeth of animals, many poachers kill elephants for their valuable ivory. In fact, so many poachers kill these elephants that the Asian Elephants are even more endangered than the African Elephant!


The impact/effects of introducing this animal to the current area are less competition and danger to native animals. There will be less competition in this area if this animal is introduced because this animal is a herbivore, and therefore prey, not predator. So, with more prey, there will be less competition for the predators. However, there will be less producers, as there will be more herbivores.

However, this animal might be a danger to native animals because this animal is extremely strong. Take its tusks for example. They are extremely strong, and can easily kill certain native species if provoked.