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
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.
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
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.
Bozie Meets Shanthi and Ambika
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.
Elephant's Eye View: Trek
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
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
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.
Elephant's Eye View: Outside
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.
Elephants in the Summer
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.