Ask an Educator about Elephants
Elephants communicate with each other in many ways. There are several forms of visual communication such as ear flapping and tossing their trunk. Elephants can communicate over long distances using infrasonic sounds that we are unable to hear in addition to loud trumpeting and low rumbles. Elephants also utilize tactile communication, or touch to communicate with each other.
Elephants eat a variety of vegetation such as banana plants and bamboo along with fruits and vegetables.
Yes, the Asian elephant is endangered. There are around 35,000 Asian elephants remaining in Southeast Asia. The increasing human population leads to the destruction of forests creating human elephant conflict. In addition to clearing land for villages and farming, commercial demand for palm oil, rubber, and hardwoods strip the elephants of habitat and resources.