Asian Elephants at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Elephants

Get an up close look at the largest land mammal

Visit Nairobi to meet the resident herd of Asian elephants. 

 

Asian elephants are an endangered species with human conflict and habitat loss siting main reasons for future extinction. Get even closer with daily interactions at the Elephant Interaction and Husbandry Wall.


Location: Nairobi

Ask an Educator about Elephants

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How do elephants communicate with each other?

Elephants communicate with each other in many ways.  There are several forms of visual communication such as ear flapping and tossing their trunk.  Elephants can communicate over long distances using infrasonic sounds that we are unable to hear in addition to loud trumpeting and low rumbles.  Elephants also utilize tactile communication, or touch to communicate with each other.  

What do elephants eat?

Elephants eat a variety of vegetation such as banana plants and bamboo along with fruits and vegetables.

Are Asian elephants endangered?

Yes, the Asian elephant is endangered.  There are around 35,000 Asian elephants remaining in Southeast Asia.  The increasing human population leads to the destruction of forests creating human elephant conflict.  In addition to clearing land for villages and farming, commercial demand for palm oil, rubber, and hardwoods strip the elephants of habitat and resources.