Today one of the best chapters in the National zoos history has sadly come to an end. Kandula the zoos soon to be 14 year old Asian Elephant, has started his journey to the Oklahoma city zoo where both zoos and the AZA are hoping he can breed their and have some kids of his own. Kandula was born at the zoo on November 25, 2001. His mother is Shanti the youngest of the three females the zoo had at the time. Kandula will be missed but he has a bright future and hopefully one day he'll be a dad. Zoos facebook. Here's a Q&A with curator Tony Barthel. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsianElephants/News/kandula-new-chapter.cfm I know Nisha posted this above but this is the zoos statement and some writing from me.