Asking an 8,000 pound elephant to stand up on its hind
legs and put all of its weight on the lower
abdomen is probably not the
easiest task in the world.
These Asian Elephants are highly intelligent and will
learn quickly. However, the hardest part about
training is the muscle
building program and regiment that they must go through. Much like an
weight lifter, an elephant must learn and develop the proper
muscles needed to do a certain trick.
example, an elephant could learn
in a week (intelligent wise) how to stand on his hind legs, but to
safely, it could take 1 or 2 months.
All of the elephants were born in the wild and have been
trained since they were about 3 years old.
Their average age is about 40
years old and they can live up to 80 years in captivity but only about
to 50 years in the wild.