Asian Elephant

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Sujatha and Little Mac have lived at the Zoo since 1972, when they were four feet tall and 18 months old. The Zoo received them in trade with the city of Mysore, India, in exchange for two California sea lions.


  • Has ears that flop backwards at the top (a trick to remember: “Mac back”)
  • Is fuzzier than Sujatha
  • Is less vocal and more “shy” than Sujatha, but bolder in new situations
  • Swims in the pool most warm afternoons
  • Loves to eat pumpkins


  • Has a shorter tail than Little Mac, with less hair on its tip
  • Is outgoing and very vocal, but skeptical about new activities and takes longer to adapt
  • Will only go up to her knees in water
  • Loves to hear noise and make noise
  • Loves sweet fruits, like watermelon

From the Keepers

“Little Mac sleeps anywhere, on the heated floor in the barn or outside on a pile of sand. It doesn’t matter to her. But Sujatha will only sleep on the pile of sand next to the pool, both winter and summer. Both elephants take catnaps, though. If their eyes are closed and their trunks are resting on the ground, it’s a pretty sure bet that they are nodding off.” – Liz

Conservation Status

Asian elephants are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List which names the major challenges for conservation as habitat loss, poaching, and human-elephant conflicts. The reduction and fragmentation of elephant habitat and an expanding human population requiring increased farming often lead to these conflicts.

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One week, two elephants

It takes a lot of food to feed Sujatha and Little Mac. Find out just how much they consume in an average week here.

By type, in pounds

Grass Hay
  • Grass Mix,  742
  • Celery, 24
  • Carrots, 19
  • Cucumber, 18
  • Tomato, 17
  • Broccoli, 15
  • Zucchini, 9
  • Green Beans, 8
  • Romaine, 54
  • Kale, 4
  • Spinach, 9
  • Dandelion, 2
  • Fortified Grains,  137
  • Fiber Biscuits,  14
  • Alfalfa Cubes,  14
  • Oats, 10
  • Yam, 5
  • Corn, 4
  • Pasta, 3
  • Apple, 4
  • Pear, 4
  • Banana, 3
  • Melon, 3