Question Sheet: Helping to Save Elephants
- Have you ever seen an animal show? If so, where was it? What did the animals do? What did the trainer do?
- Can an animal “befriend” a person? What evidence would lead you to believe that they were friends?
- Jot down some objections people might have to keeping animals in a circus. After reading this article, see which, if any, of your objections were addressed.
- List five interesting facts about the Asian elephant. Make up a multiple-choice test using these questions and see how well your friends and family members do answering your questions.
- What factors are contributing to the decline of Asian elephants in Asia?
- Why do female elephants live longer than male elephants in the wild?
- What is an “odor fence?”
- For an Asian elephant, what are the benefits of becoming part of a circus such as Ringling Bros.?
- What is the main question this article answers?
- An elephant can respond to more than 60 vocal commands. What are the first three commands you would teach an elephant to respond to?
- If you had $100,000 to donate to help save Asian elephants, how would you ask that that money be spent?
- Is it really important to save the Asian elephant? Why?
- When herds of animals become small, genetic inbreeding often occurs. What problems might genetic inbreeding cause?
- The elephant is an impressive animal. Is it also important to save less impressive animals? Explain.
- If you had a chance to interview a dolphin trainer, what questions might you ask? (Take some hints from Emily’s interview with the elephant biologist.)
- Mathematical comparisons often become more memorable when the number is compared to something the reader is familiar with. Complete these comparisons:
a. A newborn elephant weighs about as much as . . .
b. An adult male elephant weighs about as much as . . .
c. An adult elephant can grow to be about as tall as . . .
- Approximately how many times heavier is a baby Asian elephant than a baby human?
- Approximately how many times heavier is a male elephant than an adult, male human?
- Approximately how many times heavier is an adult female elephant than an adult, female human?
- Approximately what percentage of Asian elephants born in captivity since the 1990s in North America were born at the Center for Elephant Conservation?