Sri Lankan Elephant
The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of Asian elephant. Among Asian elephants, some (and not all) males have profound tusks. Female elephants do not have tusks, unlike their African counterparts. Home to an estimated 7500 elephants, Sri Lanka has very few elephants with tusks. Longest tusks of 7 feet 6 inches long were recorded in the past, although to encounter one in the wild is an extremely rare experience. Obviously, tuskers are exposed to more harm than other elephants. Do you know that these elephants stand on their hind legs to reach young juicy leaves of tall tree, a phenomenon quite common in Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana. Travel to Sri Lanka to see this gentle giant from close.