Fighting extinction: Asian elephants
In 2006 Melbourne Zoo established the Cooperative Conservation Breeding Program upon the arrival of three young female elephant cows from Thailand.
Due to poaching and habitat destruction, it is estimated that the Asian elephant population is fewer than 53 000 in the wild, with numbers continuing to decrease.
Two elephant calves have been born at Melbourne Zoo since 2010. Mali and her younger brother Ongard are now major attractions for visitors.