Asian elephants are the largest mammals in Asia, weighing up to 5 tons. With a large body comes a large appetite — Asian elephants eat around 150 pounds per day of plants and grasses!
However, Asian elephant population has declined by over 50% in just three decades. Elephants have lost much of their natural habitat to deforestation and agriculture, and are a huge target for ivory poachers. In addition, many Asian elephants are forced into captivity, where they spend their days chained and forced to work in the logging, trekking, and tourism industries.