Elephant Cam

See the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Asian elephants — Spike, Bozie, Kamala, Swarna and Maharani — both inside the Elephant Community Center and outside in their yards.

Download the Animal Cam Bingo Cards (link opens in new window). These activities are designed to engage learners of all ages in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats. Welcome to the wild side of learning!

1889

The year the first two Asian elephants, named Dunk and Gold Dust, arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

30,000-50,000

The total remaining population of Asian elephants in the wild.

6,000-12,000

The average weight, in pounds, of an adult Asian elephant.

Between 100 and 125 pounds

The average amount of food each elephant eats per day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. A typical daily diet may include two and a half bales of hay (each bale weighs about 45 pounds), 8 pounds of elephant chow (alfalfa pellets), 2 pounds each of bran and oats, and 10 pounds of fruits and vegetables, including sweet potatoes, carrots and apples. 

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Asian elephant

The largest living land mammals, elephants are intelligent, social and vital to their ecosystems.

Elephant Trails

Elephant Trails is more than an exhibit; it is also an extensive conservation program built on decades of science. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s rich history of caring for and studying Asian elephants spans more than a century.