12 Days of ZooLights: Asian Elephant

A new animal each day in our 12 Days of ZooLights series. Are you as excited as we are?

Alfredo Flores

Welcome to 12 Days of ZooLights, where we celebrate the festive lights decorating the Smithsonian's National Zoo at the holidays!

Animal of the Day: Asian Elephant

Why We Love The Display: Elephants in lights go together like chocolate and peanuts. The best part is these elephants can't eat your crunchy snack.

Habitat: Asian elephants are known to inhabit a vareity of tropical forests including mountaintop forests, evergreen forests, and drier "teak" forests. 

At the zoo: The Smithsonian's National Zoo is home to four of our very own elephants, including Bozie -- our latest addition from the Baton Rouge Zoo. In spring 2014, the Zoo will become home to three more elephants from the Calgary Zoo. 

History: Elephant Trails is the National Zoo's attempt to a habitable atmosphere for elephants who are quickly losing habitat and each other due to deforestation, poaching and the ivory trade. Elephant Trails seeks to combat their dwindling numbers and save our pachyderm friends from extinction. 

Bet you didn’t know... Elephants have the largest brain of any land mammal, including humans!

About ZooLights: In this yearly display, more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Check out the new garden scene light sculpture.

Thanks to our partners in the 12 Days of ZooLights.

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