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 by mid-2020, 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.
maximus ssp. sumatranus
Up to 3 metres
Up to 5,000 kilograms
19 - 22 months