Meet the Elephants

The Harry Frazier Family Elephant Encounter is home to two of the Louisville Zoo’s most beloved animal ambassadors: African elephant Mikki and Asian elephant Punch!

Mikki

Mikki is an African elephant that arrived at the Louisville Zoo on July 28, 1987 when she was about 2 years old. She spends her time foraging in the exhibit and especially enjoys pulling the bark and leaves off of trees. Guests have even witnessed her bracing her front legs on top of Punch to grab the highest tree limbs! She also spends time digging in the clay pile in her habitat.

Elephants at the Louisville ZooPunch

Punch arrived at the Louisville Zoo in 1973 when she was about 3 years old.  Punch, though considered a geriatric elephant, is still very active and enjoys playing with her boomer ball. She will often choose to kick it with her back leg and will even chase it into the elephant pool during hot summer months.

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FOLLOW MIKKI AND CALF

  • Male calf born Friday, August 2 at 11:24 p.m.
  • Birth measurements: 38.5 inches tall, 30.3 inches long (body, head to tail) and 78 inches from tip of trunk to tip of tail.
  • Weight on 8/20 was 290 lbs.
  • Mikki and calf are off exhibit and bonding. Check here for updates.
  • Asian elephant Punch may be on exhibit at varying times while she bonds with Mikki and calf. Check here for updates.

Find out the latest information about Mikki and her new calf. There are blogs, press releases, a photo/video gallery, information on conservation, our elephants, Frequently Asked Questions and more.

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