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Asian Elephant News

Treating Shanthi's Arthritis

Asian elephant Shanthi developed arthritis in her front-left leg more than a decade ago. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways to alleviate the symptoms, and our animal care experts have focused on her comfort.

Kandula's New Chapter

July 2015

Kandula is heading to a new home! Our male Asian elephant will be departing the Zoo to be a part of the Species Survival Plan.

Bozie and Kandula

March 23, 2015

Last week Bozie and Kandula spent some time outside together in the same yard for the first time, under the close watch of our elephant team.

Bozie Updates

October 21, 2014

Bozie, our 38-year-old Asian Elephant, is being monitored and treated by the Zoo staff for an infection.

Three New Elephants Debut at the National Zoo

June 23, 2014

The National Zoo debuted its three new asian elephants. Kamala, Swarna and Maharani made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the first time.

Elephants from Calgary Zoo Arrive Safely

May 2014

Three elephants, which are on loan from the Calgary Zoo in Canada, have arrived safely at the National Zoo. They will join the current herd of four Asian elephants after a quarintine period of 30 days.

Past News

Three female elephants from Calgary to join National Zoo in Spring 2014

August 2013

Our Asian Elephant herd is growing! In Spring 2014, three new elephants will join our herd of four. The elephants will be on loan from the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada.

Bozie Meets Shanthi and Ambika

June 2013

On Friday, June 21, Bozie, our newest Elephant who came to us from Baton Rouge, was allowed access to almost the entire elephant barn. She made all kinds of noises in her excitement at meeting Ambika and Shanthi.

Asian Elephant Bozie Debuts at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

June 2013

Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, made her debut in the Elephant Community Center today. She arrived at the Zoo on May 22 and spent 30 days in quarantine per standard procedure.

Asian Elephant Bozie Arrives at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

May 2013

The Smithsonian's National Zoo Asian elephant herd has grown to four elephents! Animal care staff at the National Zoo welcomed new resident, Bozie, to Elephant Trails.

Smithsonian's National Zoo to Welcome New Asian Elephant

May 3, 2013

The National Zoo will soon welcome Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, into the Zoo's existing herd. She will be on loan from the Baton Rouge Zoo.

Elephant's Eye View: Elephant Community Center

March 2013

To close our Elephant Eye View series, we are giving you a sneak peek of our new Elephant Community Center, which opens to the public March 23!

Elephant's Eye View: Trek

March 2013

Our Asian elephants have a 1/4 mile long walking trek. The photo story for this week focuses on their path.

Elephant's Eye View: Inside

March 2013

Over the last few weeks, we have shared photos of Elephant Trails from our elephants points of view. This week's Elephant Eye View segment takes a look inside the elephant barn.

Elephant's Eye View: Enrichment

Jan 2013

Continuing to share photos and stories from an elephant's eye view, this week's photo story is on the enrichment programs for Asian elephants here at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Relocating Elephants Fails to Decrease Human–Wildlife Conflict

December 10, 2012

Human–elephant conflict in Sri Lanka kills more than 70 humans and 200 Asian elephants every year.

Elephant's Eye View: Outside

Nov 2012

We will be sharing photos and stories for the next few weeks from an elephant's eye view. This week's photo story is on the outside space here at the Zoo.

National Zoo’s 36-Year-Old Elephant Makes Musical Debut

May 2, 2012

When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it is not the radio they have left on.

Elephants in the Summer

May 2012

Elephant Manager Marie Galloway discusses what the changing temperatures mean for the elephants. She writes about the elephant habitat and what plans it is undergoing.

Asian elephants are endangered in the wild, where perhaps only 30,000 still live in forests of south and southeast Asia. They are endangered in North American zoos, too. That's why the 2001 birth of Kandula, the result of artificial insemination, was such a triumph.

This young male represents a major effort by the National Zoo to develop a herd of breeding Asian elephants, build a new Zoo habitat called Elephant Trails for these majestic animals. The Zoo’s goal is to ensure a future for this endangered species, which could soon be extinct in the wild and in zoos.

Check out the exciting things that have happened through the years.