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Asian elephant News Archive

May. 01, 2014
Asian elephants Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23) arrived safely at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on May 23, 2014. They are on loan from the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and will... read more
Aug. 20, 2013
Our elephant herd is growing again—this time with three female elephants from Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada! Next spring, Kamala, Swarna, and Maharani, will arrive here on loan from the Calgary... read more
Jun. 27, 2013
Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, made her debut in the Elephant Community Center today. She arrived at the Zoo on May 22 and spent 30 days in quarantine per standard procedure. Introduct... read more
Jun. 01, 2013
On Friday, June 21—Bozie's last day of quarantine—she got access to almost the entire barn. We intentionally left poop from each of the other elephants in the stalls, to see how she would... read more
May. 01, 2013
Animal care staff at the National Zoo welcomed a new resident to Elephant Trails May 22—Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant. She arrived safely and is now in quarantine for approximately... read more
Mar. 05, 2013
As we continue our Elephant Trails photo blog series, our next stop is their house. These photos of Elephant Trails would not be complete without a view of our elephant's indoor living areas. A camera... read more
Jan. 01, 2013
Do you wonder what the world looks like from an animal's point of view? While visiting a zoo, have you ever looked at an object placed in an exhibit, a log or toy, for instance, and wondered why it wa... read more
Dec. 07, 2012
Human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka kills more than 70 humans and 200 Asian elephants every year. One of the most common tools in combating these conflicts is moving the elephants into ranges away fr... read more
Nov. 01, 2012
Do you wonder what the world looks like from an animal's point of view? While visiting a zoo, have you ever looked at an object placed in an exhibit, a log or toy, for instance, and wondered why it wa... read more
May. 02, 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. Instead, it is the Zoo's 36-year-old Asian elephant, Shanthi, who, uns... read more
May. 01, 2012
Hi, my name is Marie Galloway. I am the elephant manager here at National Zoo. Those of you that have been following our website for a long time might remember me from the "Moving In" blog. I wrote up... read more
Oct. 01, 2011
By Tony Barthel, Curator of Large Mammals at the National Zoo This past October I was lucky enough to travel to Malaysia and join a team who was exploring opportunities for collaboration on elephan... read more
May. 01, 2011
By Jason Gue, Elephant Keeper at the National Zoo If you come to the National Zoo on most days you will find us conducting an elephant husbandry demonstration. During the narration we talk about ho... read more