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Tiger Orang Utan Gaur Tapir

Malayan Elephant

Scientific Name:
Elephas maximus

Classification:

Order : Proboscidea,
Family : Elephantidae


Description
:
The subspecies occurring in Malaysia is Elephas maximus hirsutus. The gestation period is about 20 to 22 months and the lifespan is 60 to 80 years.

Behavior:
Females and their young live in small herds while adults males prefer to be alone. They rest during the hottest hours of the day. Each group has its own area where it forages for food. They enjoy swimming in rivers.

Habitat:
In Secondary and Primary forests.

Similar Species:
African Elephants.

Diet:

Leaves, fruits, grass, stems etc.