Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Proboscidea
Family Elephantidae
Genus Elephas
Subspecies E. m. maximus
Scientific Name Elephas maximus maximus
Sri Lankan Elephant
Sri Lankan Elephants

Sri Lankan Elephant Description

  • Males are larger than the females.
  • The Sri Lankan subspecies is the largest of the Asian elephants.
  • Elephants eat up to 150 kg (330 lb) of plants each day.
  • It is thought to consume 116 plants species.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • WEIGHT: 2,000 and 5,500 kg (4,400 and 12,100 lb)
  • SHOULDER HEIGHT: 2 and 3.5 m (6.6 and 11.5 ft)

Habitat

Mountain ranges, damp montane forests

Range

Sri Lanka

Diet

Shrubs, climbers, grass, herbs

Population

5,879

Conservation Status

Endangered