Elephants By Mrs. Jacobs
African elephants liveon grasslands, savannahs and open woodlands. Asianelephants live on the edge of the rainforest and in scrub forests.
African Elephants African elephants have large ears shaped like the continent of Africa. The long trunk is used to get food and water. The male and female both have ivory tusks. Their skin is wrinkly gray-brown and almost hairless.
Asian Elephant The Asian elephant is smaller than the African elephant. Only male Asian elephants have tusks. Just like the African elephant, the Asian elephant has big ears. The ears not only help the elephant to hear well, but they also use them to help get rid of excess body heat. The flap them back and forth like a fan. Their skin is wrinkled, gray-brown with almost no hair.
Asian and African elephants eat roots, grass, leaves, bark, and fruit. They are herbivores. They eat 300-600 pounds of food a day.
Facts About the African Elephant • The African elephant is the largest land animal. • They are excellent swimmers. • The have few natural enemies, with the exception of man. • They are in danger of extinction due to loss of habitat and poachers after their ivory tusks.
Facts About the Asian Elephant • The Asian elephant is used mostly for labor, few live in the wild. • They can live up to 70 years old. • They are excellent swimmers. • They are in danger of extinction due to loss of habitat and poachers after their ivory tusks.