- Oct 2018
But the Carthaginians and Numidians had access to local North African elephants that lived in the Atlas Mountains and elsewhere, and the Ptolemies and Axumites had access to elephants in Ethiopia.On the species of elephants, I once read that the war elephants came from Asia because no one in Africa knew how to tame and control them...that Hannibal got his elephants from the Persians/Parthians. You just can't go into the jumgles of Southern Africa and catch wild elephants, tame them and train them and ride them back north over the Sahara desert. I mean wouldn't it be easier to buy them from Asia.?