Sumatran Elephants

Sumatran Elephants

Check out Australia Zoo’s Sumatran Elephants!

Our four female Sumatran elephants are enjoying their own sanctuary with access to hundreds of acres to play and roam. We are hoping to have our beautiful Sumatran elephants adventuring in their world-class Elephantasia in early 2021, complete with a huge swimming pool, fountain, plethora of plants, trees and grassland.

 

 

Sumatran elephants are found exclusively in the low laying forest and gentle hills of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Their grey colouration can assist in providing camouflage in their shady habitat.

 

Solely herbivores, the Sumatran elephants’ dexterous trunk and large molars enable them to gather and process between five to ten percent of its body weigh in vegetation per day, including grasses, leaves, fruit and bark. Elephants do not drink with their trunks; they use them as ‘tools’ to drink with. Consuming up to 200 litres of water each day, a Sumatran elephant will fill its trunk with water and then pour the water into its mouth. Crikey!

 

 

Sumatran elephants are a critically endangered species with estimated numbers of just over 2,000 individuals left in their natural habitat. Our Sumatran elephants will participate in the Inter-region Program, a program working with zoological facilities to provide insurance populations maintaining long-term genetic and demographic integrity while supporting key education and conservation initiatives.

 

 

Australia Zoo is proud to be upholding Steve’s dream to protect and conserve these critically endangered Sumatran elephants.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Mammalia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Elephas

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    maximus ssp. sumatranus

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    Up to 3 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 5,000 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    19 - 22 months

  • threatened species status of animal icon
    Status

    Critically Endangered

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