Asian Elephants Asian elephants and humans have coevolved and coexisted for centuries, sharing space in forested and grassland habitats spanning the continent and surrounding islands. While Asian elephants are cultural icons and ecological keystone species, living alongside these magnificent animals comes with its challenges. As elephants move through habitats with their families and forage for food, they often wander into human settlements and can damage property and agricultural fields along the way. Both human and elephant lives have also been impacted by some of these interactions. Thankfully, there are many communities and organizations innovating solutions that support both, so people and elephants can continue their dynamic relationship living side-by-side.