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At the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Kamala is commonly known as the “mama elephant.”

Born in Sri Lanka in 1975, the 3,600-pound female stands nearly 8 feet off of the ground. Her personality is nurturing, loving and full of surprises.

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Kamala gave birth to daughter, Maharani, who currently lives within the Elephant Trails enclosure in northwestern D.C. Together, they enjoy the luxuries of large pools, outdoor recreation and enrichment exercises.

The mother-daughter pair moved to the United States in 2014 from Canada. Their irreplaceable bond is what continues to intrigue zoo visitors.

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