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All About Asian Elephants

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This class fulfills the animal behavior or conservation requirement of the Wildlife Studies Certificate Program.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo’s resident Asian elephants are a favorite amongst visitors. Their impressive size and somewhat quirky personalities seem to mesmerize the young and old alike. Caring for such large and social animals can be a challenge. However, the Zoo's team works hard to ensure each member of the herd lives a healthy and enriching life. From daily baths and fresh browse to musical enrichment and specially constructed shoes, the Zoo's six female elephants have their own keeper squad devoted to their well-being.

Join elephant curator Tony Barthel and his team for a deeper look into the natural history, management and science of these magnificent and endangered species.

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to attend.

Dates/Location: Wednesdays, April 5, 12 and 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Visitor Center Conference Room at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. 

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Age range: 18