Our Asian elephants Nellie and Dalip bring new meaning to the word "big personality" and like all members of this species they are highly intelligent. The main threat to Asian elephants today is the loss and degradation of habitat, leading to increased conflicts between humans and elephants.

Our Asian Elephants

Asian elephants are known for their wise appearance and their impeccable memory.  Here at Zoo Miami, our Asian elephants display an impressive social dynamic with each other.  At 7' 2" and 46 years old, our female Nellie takes on the typical matriarchal role.  She is outgoing, caring, and quite charming.  She shares the spotlight with one male, Dalip.  He is the second oldest Asian elephant in captivity at 48 years old, and loves to display his intelligence through stimulating activities and interactions with our zookeepers.  On especially hot days, these giant animals love to cool off by splashing around their pools of water and spraying themeselves with their huge trunks!  They also use their trunks for picking up items all around them, putting food into thier mouths and covering themselves in dirt and mud.  During zookeeper talks the elephants love to show off, posing for guests and demonstrating their husbandry behaviors.

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