The river's edge in Asia branches out to a deep channel of the river with waterfalls and thick brush of trees. The magnificent and mighty Asian elephants live in this spacious natural habitat where they dive and swim in the river, take a dust bath or splash under a waterfall.

See our elephants enjoy grazing on grass, leaves and tree bark just before cooling off in the shallow pools. The Saint Louis Zoo's only male elephant, Raja, was the first elephant born at the Zoo in 1992 and is very popular with visitors and is now a father!

Keep a lookout for Asian turtles sunning in the shallow pools. And notice the large lizard climbing up the rock…it's a water monitor.

Around the next bend, don't be too startled -- you've surprised a female king cobra protecting her nest of eggs.

Asian elephants and humans have lived together for many centuries. A shrine to Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god, is a reminder of one aspect of this relationship.