Elephants are a controversial animal. Many people have an opinion on whether or not elephants should be in captivity. Truth of the matter is, there are no “backsies”. You can’t take back having animals in captivity. You can’t simply throw them back out in the wild again. (At some point in the future, I’ll write a lengthy post on animal’s in captivity, but now is not the time for that). Also, elephants are a species of animal that may very well only survive because of captivity.
There are two different kinds of elephants in the world. One is the African Elephant and the other is the Asian Elephant. Both named after the area of the world they live in. Like the camels I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I often struggled remembering which one was which. Until someone said this to me.
An African elephant has much larger ears, that are shaped like Africa.
An asian elephant has smaller ears.
Other defining differences is that in African elephants, the males and females both grow tusks, but in Asian elephants only the males do. Female asian elephants can grow small little nubs for tusks, but nothing like a full grown elephant tusk. Another difference is just the build of their bodies, but for a quick reference to tell the difference between the two, it’s in the ears.
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