Need a little help in telling our elephants apart? Here's a handy guide to use next time you visit our herd at River's Edge.

Raja

Raja

Date of birth: December 27, 1992 (born to Pearl at Saint Louis Zoo)
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • only male elephant at our zoo
  • biggest of our elephants: tall and leggy
  • two tusks
  • Father to daughters, Maliha, Jade and Kenzi
  • large “finger” at end of trunk (like his mother, Pearl)

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Sri (pronounced see)

Date of birth: July 1980
Came to Saint Louis Zoo: 2002 (from Woodland Park Zoo)
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • very hairy
  • stubby rear legs
  • wrinkles form “circles” around her eyes

Raja and Ellie

Ellie

Date of birth: 1971
Came to Saint Louis Zoo: 2001 (from Jacksonville Zoo)
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • tallest of our female elephants
  • lots of pink on trunk
  • mild temperament
  • Maliha and Rani’s mother
  • Expecting a female calf in spring 2013

Closeup of Maliha

Maliha

Date of birth: August 2, 2006 (born to Ellie at the Saint Louis Zoo)
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • was 341 pounds at birth
  • Ellie's second daughter
  • Raja's first daughter
  • is the largest of the three elephant calves

Rani

Rani

Date of birth: July 5, 1996 (born to Ellie at Jacksonville Zoo )
Came to Saint Louis Zoo: 2001
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • shortest of our adult elephants
  • Very active and playful
  • Ellie's daughter
  • Jade and Kenzi's mother

Jade closeup

Jade

Date of birth: February 25, 2007 (born to Rani at the Saint Louis Zoo)
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • was 236 pounds at birth
  • Rani's first daughter and Raja's second
  • Maliha's half-sister and Kenzi's big sister
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Kenzi

Date of birth: June 24, 2011 (born to Rani at the Saint Louis Zoo)
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • Rani's second daughter and Raja's third
  • Jade's little sister and Maliha's half-sister
  • Smallest elephant in the herd
  • was nearly 300 pounds at birth
Asian elephant Priya

Priya

Date of birth: 10:57 p.m. on April 26, 2013 (born to Ellie at the Saint Louis Zoo)
Height: 38 inches
Weight: 251 pounds

Raja and Pearl

Pearl

Date of birth: 1971
Came to Saint Louis Zoo: 1973
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • large “finger” at end of trunk
  • Raja’s mother
  • Grandmother to Maliha, Jade and Kenzi

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Donna

Date of birth: 1971
Came to Saint Louis Zoo: 1971
Distinguishing characteristics:

  • very vocal elephant
  • stumpy tail
  • enlarged temporal gland on side of head

Clara and Raja

Clara

1953-2007