Meet Albuquerque's Asian Elephant Herd!
Daizy, the Elephant Calf
Breeding female elephants have a gestation period of nearly 2 years. Their calves weigh 230-300 pounds at birth and stand about 3 feet tall at the shoulder. Calves may nurse for 6 years.
Asian elephants can reach 10 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh about 4 tons. Asian elephants are smaller than African elephants, and have a domed forehead and a rounded back. The ABQ BioPark has six Asian elephants, but does not have African elephants.
Did you know?
- Elephants eat 150-300 pounds of grass, leaves, fruit and bark every day.
- Elephants can drink 26-80 gallons of water a day.
- Elephants communicate using chirps, roars and trumpet calls.
- Infrasound, which is too low pitched for humans to detect, allows elephants to communicate even when they are several miles away from each other.
Asian elephants are endangered because of shrinking habitat and hunting by ivory poachers. Learn more about wild elephants and conservation efforts from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
Jumping Water Fountains
Albert, one of the BioPark's bull elephants, explores the Watering Hole and the new jumping water fountains.