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Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup
Item #78265
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A tribute to Shanthi—one of six endangered Asian elephants living at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo—this sculptural Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup is a marvelous souvenir or gift. A visitor favorite, Shanthi, whose Sinhalese name is often translated as “blessing,” has even been captured on YouTube playing the harmonica. Made of bronze-finished metal, this handsome Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup features a lined interior. Her story appears on the felted underside.
Beautifully represented in this Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup, Shanthi is part of a multigenerational herd thriving at our National Zoo. Born in Sri Lanka around 1975, she spent her first months in an elephant orphanage. The next year, the children of Sri Lanka made Shanthi a gift to the National Zoo. Shanthi has been a mother twice, with one female and one male baby. You will find Shanthi and her 5 Asian elephant companions at the National Zoo’s Elephant Trails. One of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s most popular exhibits, Elephant Trails lets visitors observe the elephants indoors and out in such innovative areas as an elephant exercise trek, water features, a giant sand pit and a shower they can operate themselves.

The rotunda of our National Museum of Natural History displays a magnificent Asian elephant.
5.5"h. x 4.5"l. x 2"w.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
By sunflower
Atlanta, Ga.
July 07, 2017
"Attractive desk accessory"
By Kate
March 20, 2017
"Even though this was made to be a pencil holder, I decided to use it as a decorative piece to display without anything in it. When I ordered the pencil holder, I had no idea that this was going to be heavy until it arrived. It is perfect and I love it! Great for those who are elephant lovers, supporters and collectors!"
By Marcy
Hanover, PA
December 22, 2016
"You won't be able to knock this pen holder over. Nice size."
By Liz , the grandma
December 05, 2015
"I purchased this item as a gift for my grandchild for Christmas. Because it is early, I don't know, how she will use it, but I hope, it is a great gift for her as she loves to draw pictures and has lots of pencils. It keeps the pencils organized."