Elephantidae is a family of large, herbivorous mammals collectively called elephants and mammoths. These are terrestrial large mammals with a snout modified into a trunk and teeth modified into tusks. Most genera and species in the family are extinct. Only two genera, Loxodonta (African elephants) and Elephas (Asiatic elephants), are living.
The family was first described by John Edward Gray in 1821, and later assigned to taxonomic ranks within the order Proboscidea. Elephantidae have also been revised by various authors to include or exclude other extinct proboscidean genera.
Elephant Coloring Pages For Students And Children
Elephant is on the biggest land animal found on earth. It is a wild animal but after giving training it, becomes a useful animal for man. It is a huge animal and its colour is grey.
All the four legs of an elephant are as huge as thick pillars of a huge building. It has two big ears which go on moving to and fro like a big fan. Its eyes are small. It has a short tail but its trunk is long. It is a wonderful thing. It can pick up even a small needle with its help. The elephant has long white tusks. The elephant is perhaps the strongest animal in the world. It is very costly too.
Elephants live in herds. They eat small twigs, straw and wild fruits. A pet elephant also eats bananas, bread and sugarcane’s. Elephants are pure vegetarians. They are very useful for all. They are used in falling trees, lifting logs, pushing them into rivers. In olden time kings and dukes used to keep elephants for wars and battles. In circus also elephants play very important roles.
Even after its death an elephant is useful. Bangles are made of its bones and tusks. Its flesh is also eaten. Thus an elephant is really a boon for mankind.