Meet Tombi. She’s a 39-year-old African elephant who lives at the Indianapolis Zoo. Like all of the animals here at the Zoo, Tombi is an ambassador for her species, teaching us about elephants and their amazing abilities. Special thanks to iON Camera for providing technology and support for this video.
We’re getting an incredible glimpse into Tombi’s world through iON AirPro cameras… as she enjoys some of her favorite treats — tree trimmings and watermelons!
One of the elephant’s most unique physical features is the trunk, which contains more than one hundred thousand different muscles. Like all elephants, Tombi’s trunk is super strong. Using her trunk, Tombi can easily lift heavy objects, like tree trunks and tractor tires, so picking up a watermelon is no problem.
Tombi can move her powerful trunk in a variety of ways to manipulate different objects, like breaking branches across her tusks to make them easier to eat. Using the two finger-like extensions at the tip of her trunk, Tombi can also pinch and grip smaller items.
But even with their remarkable strength, Tombi’s wild elephant counterparts are facing extreme danger. In Africa, it is estimated that 96 elephants die each day from poachers wanting to sell their ivory tusks for profit. The Indianapolis Zoo is taking a stand and urging you to join the 96 Elephants campaign to save these majestic animals. To learn more about the Indianapolis Zoo’s animal conservation efforts, and 96 Elephants, visit IndianapolisZoo.com