Habitat

In Asia, elephants can be found in habitats ranging from open grassland to thick forests, and from the Himalayan foothills right down to the shores of the Indian Ocean.  They are a tropical species that depends upon the kind of lush vegetation that comes with lots of rainfall. 


photo M. Noonan

In fact, despite their enormous size, Asian elephants are often found in such thick vegetation (as in the picture below), they are difficult to spot.  


photo M. Noonan

Asian elephants are more active at dawn and dusk, and during the night, than they are during the day.  This is because the midday heat in the tropics presents a real challenge for elephants who must avoid overheating.  That is why daytime elephant observers commonly find them avoiding activity and resting in the shade of trees like the mother-daughter pair pictured below.


photo M. Noonan

 

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