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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Elephantidae — the Asian elephant.


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From Ancient Greek ἐλέφας (elephas, "elephant").


  • Indian elephant Elephas maximus, estimated at 430 in 1972 were said to number 1,100 in 1996.

    Kaziranga National Park, India

  • Wild elephant Elephas maximus (E) occasionally pass through the Churia Hills.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • The relatively intact and contiguous hill and montane habitat has potential to conserve large landscapes that will provide adequate habitat to maintain a viable populations of Asia's largest carnivore, the tiger (Panthera tigris), and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).

    Tenasserim-South Thailand semi-evergreen rain forests

  • Some of these include the tiger (Panthera tigris), which is the region's largest predator, and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), large herds of gaur (Bos gaurus), and one of the most dangerous mammals in the region, the sloth bear (Melursus ursinus).

    Orissa semi-evergreen forests

  • Landscape-scale action, through biodiversity conservation corridors, will be necessary for wide ranging species such as the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus, EN), tiger (Panthera tigris, EN), Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus, EN), and greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga, VU).

    Biological diversity in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka

  • Peninsular Malaysia's largest land animal, the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), is also one of the most endangered.

    Peninsular Malaysian montane rain forests

  • The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) are found in northeastern Borneo.

    Borneo lowland rain forests

  • The Chhota-Nagpur Dry Deciduous Forests still harbor large populations of Asia's largest predator and largest herbivore, the tiger (Panthera tigris) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), respectively.

    Chhota-Nagpur dry deciduous forests

  • Some of the mammals of conservation significance found in these freshwater swamps until at least the mid-nineteenth century included tiger (Panthera tigris), elephant (Elephas maximus), and Javan rhinoceros.

    Chao Phraya freshwater swamp forests

  • Not too long ago, Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) roamed these savannas, although they have now become locally extinct.

    Sri Lanka montane rain forests


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