An adult African elephant weighs between 4,000 and 14,000 pounds, according to Sea World Parks and Entertainment, while an adult Asian elephant weighs between 4,000 and 10,000 pounds. Female elephants are slightly smaller than males.
At the shoulder, African elephants are 9.8 to 13.1 feet tall, while the height of Asian elephants is between 6.6 and 11.5 feet.
There are two subspecies of African elephants: Savanna and Forest. Members of the Savanna subspecies are larger than those in the Forest subspecies.
There are four subspecies of Asian elephants: Sumatran, Borneo, Mainland and Sri Lanka. Members of the Sri Lanka subspecies are taller and heavier than members of the other Asian elephant subspecies.Learn More
Elephants have special structural features, such as tusks, trunks, teeth, ears and size, that help them adapt and survive in their habitats. An elephant's size can help to deter predators, and tusks can be used for defense and to dig up roots out of the ground.Full Answer >
Elephants lack natural predators in nature, largely as a result of their size. They are too big for most would-be predators to take down safely and eat. Humans are the primary predator of elephants, as people still hunt elephants for their ivory, meat and bones.Full Answer >
A matriarch African elephant leads the herd through migration by using her memory to find safe routes with plentiful food and water. Families of elephants join to make a large group for safe migration.Full Answer >
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a "white elephant" is a possession that is expensive and hard to maintain but also difficult to get rid of. For example, it may be used in reference to a house or car that requires a lot of upkeep and cannot be sold because no potential buyers can be found.Full Answer >