Elephants could conceivably survive in North America, but only in the warmer climates. Elephants have evolved to live in warmer weather so it is highly unlikely that the elephants would be able to survive in areas with snow or below freezing temperatures for a long time. As long as the elephants had enough grass and fresh water to live off if, it is entirely possible for them to survive.
Actually some scientists want to introduce elephants and several other African species to North America to fill ecological niches left empty by the extinction of most of our native large mammals after humans first arrived on the continent. (I know it sounds incredible, but check out the citation.)
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