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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.

Recent News

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.

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.

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.