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4 Differences Between Asian and African Elephants

Ethan Hopkins

We all love elephants of different shapes and sizes and believe in making a better world for all elephant-kind. But what are the actual differences between African and Asian elephants? Read on to find out and don't forget to share this article with your friends!

ONE | The Food Platter

Many people know that Asian and African elephants are different sizes but many do not know that they eat different things. Yes, all elephants are herbivores. But they are still very intelligent beings and have different preferences. Asian elephants tend to prefer more grass on their diet. On the other hand, African elephants tend to consume more leaves than grass. 

elephant diet

TWO | The Famous Tusks

Although it is not a complete giveaway, the tusk is another method of telling whether an elephant is Asian or African (if you are unsure of which country you are in LOL). All African elephants grow tusks. However the majority of their Asian elephant counterparts cannot grow tusks at all. Only a small few of the male elephants grow tusks.

elephant tusks

THREE | The Weight

All elephants are massive. In fact, they are the largest land mammals. However, African elephants are larger than Asian elephants. African elephants weight around 9 tons! Needless to say, that is huge. That is equivalent to about 9 fully grown brown bears. An African elephants also weighs the same amount as 3 pickup trucks. On the other hand, Asian elephants are still huge but weight about 6 tons. 

elephant weight

FOUR | Skin Complexion 

We all know elephants as our big, gray friends but African and Asian elephants still differ in this part. African elephants are typically more wrinkled than their Asian elephant friends. Although both species are, more or less, gray, African elephants tend to look reddish or brownish from walking around in the mud. 

African and asian elephants


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