Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Ethical Elephant Adventure.The following information is accurate for the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). African elephant varieties (Genus: Loxodonta) vary greatly from Asian elephants in many characteristics, such as size, shape, general appearance, and demeanor.Elephants have been used by humans to perform a variety of tasks for around 5000 years, but while people have consistently profited, this relationship has not been greatly beneficial to the elephants. Revered throughout Thailand, elephants have greatly influenced Thai culture, myth, and religion, though the deep respect held for the species is unfortunately not often reflected in the treatment of individual elephants. Widespread abuse, poaching, deforestation, increased tourism, farming, and a vast reduction in habitat have all contributed to a rapid decline in elephant numbers, and Asian elephants are now officially an endangered species.
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