The Second Smallest in the World

Mystery, Myth & Magic | Written By, NOW! BALI | June 2nd, 2014

The Sumatran elephant is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is the second smallest elephant in the world – the largest is the African elephant and the smallest is the Pygmy elephant. Unfortunately, Sumatran elephants are now considered endangered because of habitat loss due to illegal logging. The heartfelt story of conflict between humans and elephants in Sumatra is beautifully told in the Bali Safari & Marine Park’s inspiring Elephant Show.

The Sumatran elephant is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is the second smallest elephant in the world – the largest is the African elephant and the smallest is the Pygmy elephant. Unfortunately, Sumatran elephants are now considered endangered because of habitat loss due to illegal logging. The heartfelt story of conflict between humans and elephants in Sumatra is beautifully told in the Bali Safari & Marine Park’s inspiring Elephant Show.

The park also established a haven for this amazing animal, the “Kampung Gajah” or Elephant Village, where it houses 20 Sumatran elephants right now. Here, you can enjoy yourself with the Elephant trail, cuddles with the baby elephants, take some pictures, feed the elephants and you can also see the elephants education show that tells you about their characteristics, habits in the wild, and the differences between the Sumatran and African elephant. Elephants are the biggest wild land-animal as its body weight can reach up to 5,000 kg. The spread of Asian elephants reach India, Peninsula, Sumatra, and Sri Lanka.

If compared to African elephants, Asian elephants have smaller bodies. These wild animals live in groups, which consist of 10-30 elephants in a group. Their foods are all kinds of grasses and fruits. Only male elephants have ivory tusks, which start to grow at the age of 2 or 3 years old. A female elephant’s pregnancy period is 22 months and she can give birth to 1 or 2 baby elephants.!

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