The elephant is the largest of the land mammals, and is found in Africa and southern Asia. Though large, elephants are herbivores. Less temperamental than the African species, Asian elephants have been domesticated as mounts and beasts of burden. Additionally, elephant tusks have had economic value for their ivory. Elephants are are especially culturally significant in India and southeast Asia.
Indiana Jones had experience of riding elephants.
Adventures with elephants
In 1935 in India, Jones and his two companions, Willie Scott and Short Round travel by elephant from Mayapore to Pankot Palace. While Short Round was friendly towards his smaller mount, which he nicknamed "Big Short Round", Scott was less appreciative of her mount and its odor, pouring perfume on it in a vain effort to mask its scent. Before they reached Pankot, their guides stopped and wouldn't take the elephants any further.. Both Jones and Short Round drew sketches of their mounts in Jones' journal.
Behind the scenes
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis features elephant statues and effigies in Atlantis and Tikal, an Atlantean place. Indiana and Sternhart realize the paradox, since elephants did not exist in the American continent. In reality, Plato mentioned in his works that elephants were abundant in Atlantis. However a direct connection between elephants and Atlantis is not given in the game, nor their significance to Atlantis is explained.
An elephant features prominently in Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. In the Wii/PS2 version Indiana Jones uses an elephant to escape the Sultan's palace in Istanbul after discovering the Shepherd there. In the PSP version he uses one to escape the palace to reach the location of a Shepherd hidden inside of some old Roman Cisterns.
- British East Africa, September 1909 comic
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom novel
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom comic
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Non-canonical appearance)
- LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Non-canonical appearance)
- Short Round's Action Puzzles
- Willie and Indy's Pencil Games
- The Man with the Big Stick (Non-fiction source)
- Birth of a Nation (Non-fiction source)
- The World of Indiana Jones
- Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
- The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones
- The Indiana Jones Handbook