This summer I studied elephants in Thailand. Not always this closely, and usually at the other end. But this particular day, I was part of a vet check. Did you know that an elephant's temperature is about the same as ours - between 97.5 and 99 degrees F. But they only breathe 4-10 times a minute! It takes a long time for blood to be pumped throughout that enormous body.
The work that I did with Think Elephants International will find its way into a new book (hopefully), and also help researchers devise better ways to protect wild Asian elephants. Check out their website and their Facebook page at www.facebook,com/thinkelephants. Asian elephants need all the help they can get - seriously!