Asian Elephants are a threatened species whose numbers have dwindled from habitat loss and fragmentation of their dense but dwindling forest habitat. About 20% of the world’s human population lives in or near their present range. Native to tropical Asia these elephants have had a long, prominent history throughout the world. They have been used as powerful symbols and physical beasts in war to gentle, exotic animals that define a region, culture and religion. The surface patterns represented range from topographical lines of habitats in China (Elephant Mountain) to aerial photographs of deforestation from logging and farming.