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Your generous gift fuels critical conservation worldwide and offers hope to the world's most extraordinary wildlife, including Elephants. Your $500 African Elephant Adoption package includes 1 soft 12" African elephant plush, a 5" x 7" African Elephant Adoption card, a drawstring backpack, a thermos, and a limited edition San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance pin.


Your generous gift fuels critical conservation worldwide and offers hope to the world's most extraordinary wildlife, including African elephants. Your $1,000 African Elephant Adoption package includes 1 soft 12" African elephant plush, a 5" x 7" Elephant Adoption card, a backpack, a beach towel, a thermos, a limited edition San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance pin, and a 50% discount gift voucher for one guest on select tours at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park.


Having an elephant as a pet is a very difficult thing to do, the reason for this is that most countries require a special permit and special enclosures and certificates for the keeping of exotic species. In addition, most species of elephants are currently endangered due to the treacherous ivory trade as well as habitation destruction. In the UK it is utterly illegal to keep elephants as pets in any capacity. In the United States this is also true unless you own special grounds, such as an animal shelter or conservation center, have a zoo or own a circus. Conversely, in Asia and Africa elephants are often kept and used for labor or as pets since the keeping of animals is far less regulated in places like India and Africa.


There are currently only two basic, recognized species of elephants, the African Elephant and the Asian Elephant. All species are herbivores and like to be near water often. Elephants are most commonly found in wide open plains, marsh land, forests and some deserts.


Elephants are highly intelligent creatures and do make very good companions, interacting with humans and being able to be trained fairly easily, if one, of course, knows what one is doing. However, before you consider purchasing an elephant you should ensure that you have the necessary grounds for them, they can not live properly in cramped cages or in shuttered barns. In addition to this, elephants are also very expensive, their diet is huge, their care and veterinary bills will be enormous and they can cause a great deal of damage under certain circumstances. Below will be a break down of the pros, cons and specifics of owning a elephant as a pet in no particular order.


Cons of Keeping a Elephant as a Pet: Price is one of the main problems with elephants with monthly rates for their upkeep often well in excess of $7000. Some of the reasons for this is that elephants are very large and thus require a great deal of food per day. Elephants are also very rare so actually just obtaining one, even if you have the money for it, is no easy task. Male bull elephants when mating become very hostile and dangerous and can rampage. Female mother elephants with their offspring can be very protective and just as dangerous as a male if they think their calf is in danger. Elephants grow to about 13 feet tall, weighing about 15,000 pounds, because of this they can cause very extensive physical and property damage, in the wild they can easily and often push over full grown trees to get at the root, that being said they can smash through most traditional fences with ease.


All elephants are herbivores so one needn't worry about much else in their diet. Elephants spend about sixteen hours a day doing nothing but eating and have very large appetites. The type of diet a particular elephant has and maintains in the wild will vary markedly with their surroundings. In the wild elephants eat bark, leaves, fruits and vegetables. Often when in captivity elephants will do well on a diet of branches, hay, leaves, grass, fruits and vegetables, often with nutritional supplements added.


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