The future Asian elephant exhibit - Elephant Lands - will expand the zoo's elephant habitat from 1.5 to 6.25 acres. Elephants will have access to a variety of terrain, including rolling meadows, hilly forests, pools and mud wallows. As in the wild, the zoo's elephants will be able to choose where they spend their days and nights. The new habitat will also support the way elephants live, in multigenerational matriarchal herds.
In the wild, bull elephants are not permanent members of family herds. Instead of keeping male and females separate, as most zoos have done in the past, the new habitat will provide males with opportunities to socialize with females both at the zoo and eventually at a larger remote site of potentially more than 140 acres. The goal: to build multigenerational herds with the best quality of life.