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Asian elephants dont have many predators because they are so big compared to other animals but to other breeds of elephants they are quite small. H o w a r e t h e y e n d a n g e r e d the main reason that asian elephants are endangered is habitat loss. in 2013, more than 35,000 elephants across africa were killed for their ivory, which is often carved and sold as ornaments, jewelry and other gift items. China is a major importer of ivory, where its highly prized as a luxury good. Ivory sellers also do a roaring trade in japan, hong kong, thailand, vietnam, singapore and other parts of asia and troublingly, demand seems to be rising. Asian elephants are the continents largest terrestrial mammals. 4m in length and 3m at the shoulder, and weigh as much as 5 tonnes. They are smaller than african elephants and have proportionally smaller ears, which they keep in constant motion in order to cool themselves. Asian elephants are endangered, which means they are in danger of becoming extinct and not existing on earth anymore. A little over 100 years ago, it was estimated that there were 100,000 asian. where do elephants live and why are they important for the environment? There are two major species of elephants, african and asian. African elephants are the largest mammal on earth, up to 14 feet (4 meters) tall and weighing in around 8 tons (6,300-7,300 kg). Asian elephants reach nine to ten feet (3 meters) and weigh around 5,000 pounds. Asian elephants can be found in through southern and southeastern asian, from india to thailand to southern china. There are three subspecies of the asian elephant the indian, the sumatran, and the sri lankan. These elephants are extremely intelligent animals and are one of the only mammals known to recognize itself in a mirror. No elephants are not extinct they are becoming extinct though. About 100 years ago there were about 10 million elephants that walked the earth and now there are only about 500,000 left. african and asian elephants are more closely related to the woolly mammoth than to each other. Based on their locations, elephants are grouped into african elephants and asian elephants. African elephants travel over 37 countries in africa and can be further divided into forest elephants (loxodonta cyclotis) and savanna elephants (loxodonta africana). Elephants in asia (elephas maximus) move over 13 countries of the continent 1.