Meet Albuquerque's Asian elephant herd!
A healthy female calf was born at 12:37 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2013. Read more about 'Jazmine' the calf and see photos and videos.
Jazmine spends a lot of time outdoors these days. Most days guests can find her exploring the Elephant Watering Hole between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Asia Depot yard from 2 to 3:45 p.m. However, if the weather is harsh, or if keepers need to have her inside for other reasons, she may not be on exhibit.
- Meet Daizy, Rozie, Alice, Irene, Albert, Samson and new calf Jazmine.
- Watch the bulls tussle and search for hidden enrichment items in their enclosure.
- See elephants cool off in the swimming pool during summer.
- Listen for trumpeting and other vocalizations, especially when the elephants move into new yards.
Each day, our multi-generational Asian elephant herd (Elephas maximus) rotates through three different yards, each with its own elements to encourage exploration. The elephants also receive daily exercise, enrichment items like pumpkin and fruit, and lots of interactions with the rest of the herd.
- Welcome 'Jazmine' the elephant calf!
- Learn more about our older calf, Daizy.
- Girl Scouts: Learn how to earn a Daizy patch!
Our Actions Matter
Asian elephants are endangered because of shrinking habitat, human/elephant conflict and hunting by ivory poachers. Only about 30,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild. That's a smaller population than the towns of Roswell, Farmington, Alamagordo, or Clovis, NM!
By making simple changes in your life, you can help elephants in the wild:
- Learn as much as you can about Asian elephants and the challenges they face in the wild, and share that information with others.
- Discover how the ABQ BioPark elephants enjoy an active and engaging life through one of the country's most advanced behavioral enrichment and training programs.
- Contribute to conservation organizations that study elephants and protect their habitat.
- Support Albuquerque's elephant herd by donating to the New Mexico BioPark Society.
Elephant Research and Breeding
By caring for a large herd of elephants, BioPark keepers can better understand herd dynamics and develop new ways to ensure each elephant is physically and psychologically healthy. Our zookeepers share elephant data and caring techniques with other facilities to help promote elephant conservation and maintain a healthy population.
The ABQ BioPark is also one of the few U.S. facilities to successfully breed and raise elephants in captivity. Elephants Rozie, Daizy and Jazmine were born and raised at the BioPark
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