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.