From trunk to toe, Asia’s largest land mammal displays some amazing adaptations to life as a forest-dwelling herbivore. It is most famous for its trunk, which is indispensable for feeding, drinking, smelling, touching, communicating, and bathing. Asian elephants live in family groups called herds that are led by older, experienced females.
Working with the International Elephant Foundation, the Zoo helps fund Conservation Response Units (CRU) at the Seblat Elephant Conservation Center (ECC) in Sumatra. Trained elephants work with rangers to monitor forest crime and the status of wildlife, including elephants.
Next time you visit the Elephant Reserve, say hello to our females, Jati, Schottzie and Mai Thai. You can also see the bull elephant, Sabu, in his own yard on the other side of the building. Here’s how to tell the difference between them!
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