The most distinctive feature of an elephant is the amazing multifunctional trunk. The trunk enables the elephant to breathe, locate scents, drink, and seize and manipulate objects from a small coin to a large tree branch. The trunk is used to make sounds, greet or comfort other elephants, guide a calf and even as a snorkel when swimming.
Large mammals like rhinos, hippos and elephants live in hot climates and due to their size can easily over heat. Indian rhinos feed early and late in the day when it's cooler, but spend the hot midday in mud wallows and wetlands. By submerging themselves until the heat passes they keep their cool.
Malayan tapirs are sometimes called "Oreo" tapirs because of their distinctive black and white color pattern resembles an Oreo cookie. The black on the front and back with white or gray in the middle is a form of camouflage that breaks up the tapir's outline in the shadows of the forest. The stripes and spots on the vulnerable babies help them blend into the dappled sunlight and leaf shadows of the forest and protects them from predators.
Clouded leopards are well adapted for arboreal living. Their short, flexible legs, large feet and sharp, retractable claws make them very adept in the trees. Their long tail provides balance as they leap from branch to branch. Their arboreal lifestyle also provides protection from larger predators like tigers and leopards.