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Asian elephant News Archive

Asian elephant Ambika at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Elephant Trails habitat in 2016.
Mar. 28, 2020
Video The Smithsonian’s National Zoo community is mourning the loss of Ambika, the beloved eldest member of its Asian elephant herd. She was humanely euthanized yesterday, March 27, following a rec... read more
Asian elephant Shanthi at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Jan. 06, 2020
As the Smithsonian’s National Zoo rang in the new year, the elephant team celebrated another revolution around the sun for (now) 45-year-old female Asian elephant, Shanthi. Because Shanthi was born in... read more
Asian elephant Shanthi at the Zoo's Elephant Trails exhibit.
Dec. 06, 2019
If you’ve been following along with updates regarding Shanthi’s arthritis care, you know the keepers and veterinarians have been treating the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 44-year-old Asian elephant wi... read more
Close-up of Asian elephant Maharani's face.
Jul. 12, 2019
This update was written by elephant keeper Kayleigh Sullivan. Female Asian elephant Maharani is turning 29 years old Sunday, July 14, and we are celebrating with her favorite thing—food! To comple... read more
An Asian elephant with large tusks walks near houses in Myanmar
Jun. 12, 2019
Large animals, like the Asian elephants, have evolved to grow and mature at a different rate than many smaller species monitored by organizations like the International Union for the Conservation of N... read more
May. 17, 2019
Animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo describe Asian elephant Shanthi as smart, loyal and steadfast. At 44 years of age, she is also considered an older elephant by Association of Zoos and... read more
Mar. 01, 2019
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo was created in 1889 and opened its doors in 1891. To celebrate its 130th anniversary, look back at how the Zoo has evolved through the years – from just 15 species on th... read more
Mar. 01, 2019
When Asian elephant Swarna needed her teeth examined, animal keepers Rebecca Riley and Becca Spickler tried something that had never been done at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo before. Over two months... read more
Male Asian elephant in Myanmar.
Jun. 01, 2018
Learn all about studying elephant personalities in this Q&A with Shifra Goldenberg, a research associate with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center. How... read more
May. 18, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is dedicated to saving species. Every day, its scientists and partners — here in Washington, D.C., at Smithsonian Conservation Biology... read more
A large Asian elephant, Spike, with tusks and gray skin stands in the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Elephant Community Center
Apr. 27, 2018
Video   Zoo Visitors: As part of a special welcome on Saturday, April 28, Zoo visitors can see Spike with special enrichment in his yard throughout the day. Come say hello to the newest pac... read more
A male Asian elephant with tusks stands in a brightly lit barn at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Apr. 24, 2018
WHAT:          Asian elephant Spike will receive a celebratory cake as he explores his new habitat in the Elephant Community Center at the Smithsonian’s Nat... read more
Apr. 20, 2018
Video Get the latest scoop on Asian elephant Spike from animal keeper Amanda Bobyack. The more time keepers spend with our new Asian elephant, Spike, the more we fall in love with him. He is ext... read more
Apr. 19, 2018
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and Clemson University scientists are tracking elephants via satellite collars in Myanmar, where their efforts to understand how Asian elephants u... read more
Asian elephant Spike in the Elephant Barn.
Mar. 29, 2018
This update was written by elephant keeper Kayleigh Sullivan. It has been almost a week since Asian elephant Spike arrived at the Elephant Trails habitat. Since then, he has made himself right at... read more
A large male Asian elephant with white tusks stands in a brightly lit barn at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Mar. 23, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo community is celebrating the arrival of a 36-year-old male Asian elephant named Spike. He joins females Ambika (70), Shanthi (43), Kamala (43), Swarna (43), Bozie (43) a... read more
Kamala and Maharani at the Elephant Trails exhibit.
Feb. 02, 2018
If Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) endocrinologist Janine Brown could make a New Year’s resolution on behalf of North America’s elephants, it would be for them to get in shape. To be... read more
Asian elephant in the water in Myanmar
Sep. 01, 2017
Asian elephants get much less attention than African elephants, but there is less than a tenth as many left in the world. About 500,000 African elephants remain in the wild compared to 30,000 to 50,00... read more
Close-up of the tip of an elephant's trunk.
Aug. 04, 2017
What does working among the giants of the animal kingdom entail? For Asian elephant keepers Kayleigh Sullivan and Paige Babel, the thrill lies in training, enriching and caring for the Zoo’s multi-gen... read more
Asian elephant Kamala explores her habitat.
Aug. 04, 2017
Ever since 42-year-old Asian elephant Kamala arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in May 2014, keeper Amanda Bobyack has helped her settle into her habitat. Part of that adjustment included learn... read more
Apr. 22, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's care and study of Asian elephants is making a positive impact on the species. Learn more about endrocrinology, global collabora... read more
Elephant Collaring
Apr. 14, 2017
Why is this Asian elephant wearing a collar? He’s one of four pachyderms whose movements and behaviors are being tracked via satellite! This information helps SCBI scientist John McEvoy and partners u... read more
Elephants in a Training Session
Mar. 31, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s keepers are making their mark and sharing their animal care and husbandry expertise around the globe. Last November, elephant keeper Kayleigh Sullivan spent 10 days at... read more
Elephant in water
Mar. 14, 2017
Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute scientists are working to understand the family trees of elephants, as well as answer questions about animal health. Sometimes the be... read more
MICA students in the Elephant Community Center
Jan. 06, 2017
How big does a “weeble-wobble” have to be to withstand the strength of six female Asian elephants? Over the fall 2016 semester, students at MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art, sought to an... read more