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Asian elephant News Archive

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
Sep. 06, 2016
Ever since 41-year-old Asian elephant Shanthi was diagnosed with arthritis in her front wrists more than a decade ago, animal care staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have been working to minimize... read more
Jul. 18, 2016
Born in Sri Lanka around 1975, 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,... read more
Oct. 21, 2015
In late-September, our 38-year-old Asian elephant Bozie started displaying colic-like symptoms. Through blood tests, staff discovered that she has a serious infection that is affecting her appetite. O... read more
Curator Tony Barthel with Kandula
Jul. 16, 2015
Born: November 25, 2001 Sex: Male Weight: Approximately 7,400 pounds. He weighed 324 pounds when he was born. Name: Kandula was named for the most f... read more
Mar. 23, 2015
Our elephant team works hard to ensure that all of our elephants have active social lives—including our young bull Kandula. Last week Bozie and Kandula spent some time outside together in the same yar... read more
Dec. 23, 2014
Dr. Janine Brown, a researcher with SCBI and an expert on reproductive hormones, is spending a month in Thailand, lending her expertise to clouded leopard and elephant projects there. Brown is a repro... read more
Jul. 03, 2014
How do you keep one of the world’s largest land mammals happy? National Zoological Park’s Janine Brown and a team of collaborators have just completed a large-scale study of the what contributes to el... read more
Jun. 23, 2014
The National Zoo's three new female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23)—made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the first time Monday, June 23... read more