Fort Worth, TX
Butt Butt Butt
Photograph - Digital Photograph
The Asian or Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus) is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed in Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. Three subspecies are recognized � Elephas maximus maximus from Sri Lanka, the Indian elephant or E. m. indicus from mainland Asia, and E. m. sumatranus from the island of Sumatra. Asian elephants are the largest living land animals in Asia. Since 1986, E. maximus has been listed as endangered by as the population has declined by at least 50% over the last three generations, estimated to be 60�75 years. The species is pre-eminently threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation. In 2003, the wild population was estimated at between 41,410 and 52,345 individuals.
Asian elephants are rather long-lived, with a maximum recorded life span of 86 years. This species has been domesticated and is used for such purposes as timber-carrying and transportation. Aisan elephants are also staples of zoos worldwide where they are popular denizens. Aren't elephant butts just the cutest? This trio was photographed at the Berlin zoo.
SECOND PLACE finish (tie), Something to Cheer You Up contest 11/22/12
FEATURED PHOTO, USA Artist News - 3 Files Daily group, 10/29/12
FEATURED PHOTO, Your Favorite Art Work group, 10/28/12
FIRST PLACE finish (Tie) Fun at the Zoo contest, 10/2/12
FEATURED PHOTO, Weekly FUN For ALL Mediums group, 8/15/12
FEATURED PHOTO, Top Three Contest Winners group, 8/15/12
SECOND PLACE finish (tie), Elephants contest, 8/14/12
FEATURED PHOTO, Healing Through Art group, 8/6/12
July 29th, 2012
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