Asian elephants are known for their wise appearance and their impeccable memory. Here at Zoo Miami, our Asian elephants display an impressive social dynamic with each other. At 7' 2" and 46 years old, our female Nellie takes on the typical matriarchal role. She is outgoing, caring, and quite charming. She shares the spotlight with one male, Dalip. He is the second oldest Asian elephant in captivity at 48 years old, and loves to display his intelligence through stimulating activities and interactions with our zookeepers. On especially hot days, these giant animals love to cool off by splashing around their pools of water and spraying themeselves with their huge trunks! They also use their trunks for picking up items all around them, putting food into thier mouths and covering themselves in dirt and mud. During zookeeper talks the elephants love to show off, posing for guests and demonstrating their husbandry behaviors.
Orangutans and gibbons will be off exhibit from Jan 17 - 20 for exhibit improvements. Wildlife Carousel will be closed for maintenance Jan 17 - 20. From Jan 17 - Mar 2017, some areas of the Children's Zoo will be under construction to improve our guests' experience. We apologize for the inconvenience.