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Asian Elephant



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Juvenile and adult Asian elephants photographed by a camera trap in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in northeastern Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape.
© GDANCP / WWF-Cambodia

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Asian Elephant

  • Scientific Name

    Elephas maximus

  • Status:

    In Cambodia: Endangered; IUCN: Endangered; CITES: Appendix I

    IUCN Red List Entry

  • Body Length

    400 - 600kg

  • Weight

    3500 - 5000kg

  • Did you know?

    A small but reproducing population remains in the Eastern Plains

In Cambodia, the largest population of Asian elephant probably occurs in the Eastern Plains Landscape of Mondulkiri province. Camera-trap photos and sign surveys indicate a healthy reproducing population However, given the encroachments of human settlement and agriculture into forest areas, human-elephant conflict is likely to become a significant problem in the future. WWF is currently undertaking a large-scale survey that will analyse DNA from elephant-dung to arrive at a clear estimate of elephant population size in the Eastern Plains.