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Can Elephants Swim? They do and quite well too. Here’s how they are able to achieve that.

Can elephants swim?

Elephants Underwater (Photo: Zoo Zurich)

When you think of an elephant, what image comes to mind?

Most likely, a large and lumbering land mammal. Also, you would expect such a large creature to shy away from water since it would sink deep into the waters and drown.

Well, if you thought that, you’re wrong. The fact is, elephants are excellent swimmers and that’s

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The history of the human-elephant relationship is a story of several negatives and few positives.

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhone: Human-Elephant Relationship

Hannibal Barca Crossing The Rhône With War Elephants By Henri Motte In 1878.

Elephants are some of the most fascinating terrestrial animals that exist on our planet. What sets them apart from other animals is their sheer size. Some African elephants were recorded as being so large almost as if they were relics of the era of dinosaurs.

Some individuals weighed as much as 2.5 to 7 tons and reached a height of 8 to 13 feet when standing! Added to the fact that these large animals are herbivores earns them the title of “gentle giants.”

For as long human history can recall, these highly intelligent and emotional beings have been

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Seven of the best spots to see Elephants in the Wild Worldwide

Elephant Herd In The Serengeti National Park: See elephants in the wild

Early Morning Stroll By An Elephant Herd In The Serengeti National Park, Kenya (Courtesy: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons cc by-sa 3.0)

Though visiting an elephant sanctuary may be an experience you will never forget, getting to see these animals in their element out in the wild is unbeatable.

Imagine the earth vibrating under your feet as an African elephant thunders past you. Or the sight of an Asian elephant strolling leisurely past you.

There’s no way you won’t be affected by the wild but intelligent behavior of the largest

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The relevance of elephants in Thai culture is traceable from the battle for the sovereignty of Thailand to modern times.

Elephants Have A Long Rich History in Thai Culture: Elephants In Thai Culture

Elephants Play A Long And Rich Role in Thai Culture And History

There are two major elephant species today: the Asian and African elephants.

The Thai Elephant or “Chang Thai” is actually the Indian elephant: a subspecies of the Asian elephant and it is Thailand’s national animal. These animals have a long history of relationship with the Thai that goes centuries back. They often say that elephants helped them build the nation they have now.

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Elephants have been exploited to the point of extinction by people for centuries now. Just how many elephant species actually exist today?

Sri Lankan Elephant Herd

Sri Lankan Elephant Herd (Author: Adbar cc 3.0)

Though there used to be hundreds of different species of elephants that walked on the surface of the earth at some point, we have just two distinct but very broad species alive today. They are classified under two genera: Loxodonta and Elephants.

Loxodonta are the African elephants while Elephas are the Asian Elephants. However, there are other subdivisions under each of these genera. Let’s have a closer look at each one below.

A. African Elephant Species

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