HOUSTON -- The Houston Zoo’s Asian Elephant herd includes seven elephants:
- Thai, the adult male
- three adult females, Me-Thai, Shanti, and Tess
- Tucker, Tess’s 'teenage' calf
- Baylor, Shanti’s male calf
- Tupelo, Tess’s female calf.
Elephants are highly intelligent, so the keepers give them engaged with a variety of training, toys, and treats that allow for physical and mental choices and challenges.
These majestic creatures are struggling to survive in the wild: there are less than 50,000 wild Asian elephants.
The Houston Zoo is home to 6,000 permanent residents.
Click the gallery to see the elephants enjoying their surroundings.