Thank you for joining us on this long journey so far away from South Florida. This continent Asia is enormous chunk of real estate, spanning from the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey in the west to Japan and Indonesia in the east. On this continent you will find a great diversity of habitats, including:
• Tropical rainforests
• Frozen tundra
• A cold, rocky desert — the Goby Desert
• The world's highest non-oceanic mountain — Mount Everest (29,029 feet high, 8,848 meters high)
• The world's deepest lake — Lake Baikal (5,387 feet deep, 1,642 meters deep)
• About 60 percent of all human beings
With all these extremes in climate and terrain, it's not surprising the diversity of plants and animals here is fantastic.
A team of wildlife officials rescued a 15-day-old Asian elephant not far from our location here in India's Kaziranga National Park. The park, which is the focus of this Asian adventure, is home to elephants, tigers, and the world's largest population of greater one-horned rhinoceroses.
Anyway, the elephant calf fell into a trench with its mother nowhere in sight. You see, sometimes flooding during the monsoon season or trench and ditch digging for agricultural development traps baby elephants, separating them from their mothers and the rest of their herd.
After giving this little one guy a special elephant-milk-like formula and medical care, apparently this little one is ok. And people working with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are trying to reunite the calf with its mother and herd.