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Asian Elephant

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.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Elephas maximus


Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam

Location in the Zoo

McNair Asian Elephant Habitat

Cool Animal Fact

There are two elephant species; Asian And African. Look at the ears and tusks to tell them apart: Asian elephants have smaller ears, and while African male and female elephants both have tusks, Asian female elephants do not.

How We Help Save Them

  • The population of elephants in Borneo has increased with Houston Zoo support.
  • Contributing to the protection of 250 elephants in the Kinabatangan region of Borneo.
  • Trained 3 communities affected by human elephant conflict in mitigation activities.

How You Can Help

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