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Asian Elephant

Nine feet tall and a film star
Have you seen the director's cut of the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey? If you have, you will have seen our Asian Elephant, which appeared in the opening sequence.
Close up elephant

Our Asian Elephant has a long and interesting history, it was donated to the Museum from Sri Lanka in 1882.  Standing at 9 feet (2.7 metres) tall, its huge skull takes two people to lift.  Elephants have remarkably large cheek teeth that continue to erupt for much of an individual's lifetime. The tusks are in fact incisor teeth, very long versions of the incisors that we have. The Asian Elephant differs from its African cousins because of its slightly smaller ears, the lack of visible tusks in most females, the single tip at the end of its trunk, and (with a rare glimpse into its mouth) teeth with narrower bands of enamel.


Our Asian Elephant can be seen in the lower gallery Exploration Station.