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Today in Smithsonian History: April 26, 1995

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Baby Kumari with her mother Shanthi.

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.

Shanthi and baby Kandula. Asian elephant Kandula’s 2001 birth was a Zoo milestone of elephantine proportions. Kandula was the first ever male Asian elephant conceived through artificial insemination in the United States. They can be seen on exhibit at Elephant Trails, along with the National Zoo's other Asian elephants. (Photo by Jessie Cohen)

Shanthi and baby Kandula. Asian elephant Kandula’s 2001 birth was a Zoo milestone of elephantine proportions. Kandula was the first ever male Asian elephant conceived through artificial insemination in the United States. Currently, the Zoo’s Elephant Trails exhibit is home to six Asian elephants, including Shanthi. (Photo by Jessie Cohen)


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