A majout with his elephants in a river, Sri Lanka by Eric Lafforgue on Flickr.

The WWF considers the Indian Elephant widely distributed, but endangered. The current population of the Indian Elephant is in the range of 20,000-25,000.
The Indian Elephant was classified as an endangered species in 1996 by the Asian Elephant Specialist Group. Indian Elephants are threatened by the ivory tusks trafic, by the loss of habitat due to human pressure on forested areas and due to human conflict. The isolated populations of wild elephants in individual wildlife sanctuaries are also threatened by loss of habitat. Wild elephants often enter villages in India and kill people, like In Orissa. Recently, India authority have decided to stop keeping elephants in the indian zoos, and transfert hem to national parks.

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