April 26, 1995 The National Zoo’s 16-month-old baby Asian elephant, Kumari, the female calf of Shanthi, dies at about 2 p.m. in her outside enclosure at the Zoo. Kumari was the first elephant to be born at NZP and one of only about 100 ever born in the United States. Zoo veterinarians discover her death is due to a herpes virus. This discovery leads to treatments that later save the lives of other zoo elephant calves.
Posted: 26 April 2017