Asian Elephants

Elephants are sociable animals who live together in family groups.

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Over time, we've built a fantastic relationship with our herd, always delighting in watching newcomers develop from mischievous teenagers into mighty adults.

Our bull elephant Aung Bo joined us in October 2012 and plays an important role in our conservation breeding programme.

Our youngest elephant Nandita, was born in August 2015 to experienced mum Thi.

Making a difference in Assam

For over 10 years we've been working in Assam, India to help elephants and humans live alongside one another safely. You can watch a video from our recent trip to Assam here.

The fight against elephant herpes

Elephant herpes (EEHV) is a deadly virus which affects young elephants typically around weaning age. Find out more about what we're doing to understand more about this disease and eradicate it.

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Facts & Info

Interesting facts

Where they live India and Southeast Asia.
Habitat Scrub forest and grassy terrain.
Size Length: up to 6.4m
Shoulder height up to 3m
Weight Up to 5000kg
Threats Habitat loss due to logging, agricultural and urban development. Poaching for ivory.Conflict with humans – as their natural habitat is lost, more animals are wandering into farmed areas causing crop damage. Increasing numbers of people have also died as a result of elephant encounters. This has led to retaliatory hunting by some communities.

Species Information

Scientific name Elephas maximus
Order Proboscidea
Family Elephantidae
Genus Elephas
IUCN status Endangered
Roles in the zoo

Research (ex situ): This species is part of applied research that leads to evidence-based decisions regarding in-zoo management.

In situ Conservation Ambassador

Flagship species: This is a species acting as an ambassador for one of our conservation programmes in the wild.

Education

Interdependence: This species helps demonstrate that all living things, including humans, live in ecosystems and depend on other living things for their survival.

Human Impact: This species helps demonstrate that human activities are causing serious environmental damage.

Partnerships: This species helps demonstrate that we work in partnerships with other organisations to conserve nature and natural resources.

Chester Zoo: This species helps demonstrate that as a charity Chester Zoo’s mission is to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide.

You! This species helps demonstrate that we can all make changes to help the environment and zoos can help inspire people to do this.

Husbandry Development and/or Skills Training: This is a species for which we’re developing particular husbandry methods to address an identified issue and/or helping to build staff capacity in specific husbandry or field conservation skills.

Pure Research: This species is undergoing clearly defined research that increases our knowledge of natural history, behaviour, ecology, population biology, taxonomy, disease.