Asian Elephant

Elephas Maximus

Asian elephants are a keystone species playing a critical role in the health of their associated ecosystems.

Their role within the Southeast Asia ecosystem consists of path making, tree felling soil aeration and seed dispersal.  They play a crucial role in maintain links in the food chain and are the architects of the rainforest, opening up dense woodlands for generations of plants on the forest floor.

Fun Facts


Class: Mammalia

Order: Proboscidea

Family: Elephantidea

Genus: Elephas

Species: E. Maximus


They inhabit dry to wet forest and grassland habitats in 13 range countries spanning South and Southeast Asia. While they have preferred forage plants, Asian elephants have adapted to surviving on resources that vary based on the area.