Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl

Elephant feet

asian elephant front foot
The frontfoot of asian elephants has five nails.
asian elephant hind foot The hindfoot of asian elephants has four nails.

A wellkept foot

has a smothly flat sole without any cracks or openings. The nails are short and the tip of the nail is a little bit rounded to prevent that the very tip takes any weight pressure, which may cause the nail to crack. The frontal part of the nail should be clean but not polished, and the skin above the nail should be smoothly attached to the nail without any gap.

A badkept foot

has to long nails, sometimes with vertical pressure cracks, or even holes in the nail where there is dirt. The skin above the nails is poorly attched to the nail, it may be dry and dehydrated with cracks and penetrating skinparts, developed into "pockets" where also theres dirt. The sole is cracked, developing pockets where dirt is stucked, reducing the temperature isolation of the foot.

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