Elephants are an important cultural icon in Asia. According to Hindu mythology, the gods deva and the demons asura churned the oceans in a search for the elixir of life so that they would become immortal. As they did so, nine jewels surfaced, one of which was the elephant. In Hinduism, the powerful deity honored before all sacred rituals is the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, who is also called the Remover of Obstacles. Asian elephants are extremely sociable, forming groups of six to seven related females that are led by the oldest female, the matriarch. Like African elephants, these groups occasionally join others to form herds, although these associations are relatively transient.
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The name "giant panda" is sometimes used to distinguish it from the red panda. In captivity, they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves , oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food. The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan , but also in neighbouring Shaanxi and Gansu. The giant panda is a conservation-reliant vulnerable species.
All rights reserved. As the world's largest land mammal, elephants have quite the commanding presence. But did you know elephants can't jump? Or that baby elephants lose their first set of teeth and tusks, just like humans?
Despite their exalted status and relative lack of natural predators, pandas are still at risk. Severe threats from humans have left just over 1, pandas in the wild. Map data provided by IUCN. This peaceful creature with a distinctive black and white coat is adored by the world and considered a national treasure in China. Pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo.