Asian Elephant

The Houston Zoo is home to a family of Asian elephants, who reside in the expansive McNair Asian Elephant Habitat. There are two traditionally recognized elephant species; Asian And African. (Asian elephants have smaller ears, and while African male and female elephants both have tusks, Asian female elephants do not.)

These majestic creatures are struggling to survive in the wild. The Houston Zoo partners with field conservation organizations to ensure elephants will exist for a long time to come.

Female Baby Elephant “Joy” Born at the Houston Zoo


  • Scientific Name: Elephas maximus
  • Range: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, and Indonesia
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: McNair Asian Elephant Habitat
  • Cool Animal Fact: At the Houston Zoo, our elephants eat about 700 pounds of food a day, including 15 bales of hay weighing about 60 pounds each, 50 pounds of varied produce, 48 bunches of kale, at least 5 pounds of grain, 2-3 loaves of wheat bread, and plentiful leafy browse.

How We Help Save Wild Elephants

The Houston Zoo helps organizations in Africa who are working to stop elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade. Find Out More about Saving Wild African Elephants

The Houston Zoo helps organizations in Borneo working to save the endangered Asian elephants there. Find out More about Saving Wild Asian Elephants