Asian elephants are found in a wide variety of habitats in southern Asia, in countries such as India, Thailand and Vietnam. They are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with an estimated wild population only 30,000. Their numbers continue to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation along with poaching for ivory.
Kimbo, Dolly, Bodhi and Groucho live in the zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit
. For more on why the exhibit is groundbreaking, read our 2009 story "Trunk Show
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