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Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant

Date:2017-09-14 13:08       Source:chinatravel.com       By:Bella       View: 1259
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Xishuangbanna wild elephant mainly live at Wild Elephant Valley which lies at the crossroads between the eastern and western zones of the Mengyang Tourism Area, at 747–1055 meters above sea level. There are wooden houses on the tall trees, which providing a nice place to visit the wild elephants.

The Asian elephant (aka Indian elephant) groups that roam about in the reserve between Mengla and Mengyu are designated as National Elephants, while those that roam about inside the Mengla protection zone are designated as International Elephants, as the latter often come and go across the China-Laos border.

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The wooden houses on the tall trees in Wild Elephant Valley (Photo from mafengwo.cn)

There are many interesting shows perform by elephants in Asian Elephant Ecological Observation Center in Wild Elephant Valley. The trained elephants are not only can dance and play football but also can give a massage to visitors.

Asian Elephants VS African Elephants

China has traditionally been a breeding grounds for the Asian elephant (aka Indian elephant), which is somewhat smaller than its African cousin. Because of naturally-occurring as well as man-made changes in the wild elephant's habitat over time, there are today only about 300 Asian elephants living and multiplying in the free on the virgin forest lands of Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve.

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Asian Elephants (Photo from yn.yunnan.cn)

The Asian elephant represents the largest land mammal native to China, which makes Wild Elephant Valley popular with those who like to visit and get a better understanding of Asian elephant.

Compared to the African elephant, the Asian elephant weighs between 3-6 metric tons (the African elephant, between 4-7½ metric tons), has two cranial bulges with an indent in the center (the African elephant has only a single cranial bulge and thus no indent), has small, square-ish, slightly droopy ears ('the ear of the African elephant is shaped like the African continent', it is said; in any case, it slopes back and slightly upwards and outwards, masking the animal's neck when seen in profile).

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Asian Elephants (Photo from yn.yunnan.cn)

With its richly varied flora and fauna, its many streams and waterholes, and with the added state protection that the reserve enjoys, Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant & Nature Reserve is truly an ideal habitat for the many wild animals and birds that make their home here.

The two species cannot cross-breed - at least not successfully, since the two animals are not only of different species, they are of different genes.


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