Here's a mnemonic means of recalling the differences between the African and the Indian elephant:
India's big, and its elephant there features
Or put another way:
India's big, but Africa's bigger,
There is also another way to tell the difference. Generally speaking, the African elephant's large ears tend to resemble its continent. while the Asian elephant's ears resemble the outline of India!
"India! What a capital idea!"
Africa is over 11.6 million square miles in area.
India is only about 1.3 million square miles in area.
Taxonomically speaking, elephants are mammals, and are the largest land animals in the world. They are the only living members of the order Proboscidea (ie. having a trunk or elongated nose with nostrils at the tip). All other members such as the Mammoth are extinct.
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