Santa Barbara Zoo: Elephant Program Ends with Little Mac

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UPDATE: Sadly with the death of Little Mac, the elephant program at the Santa Barbara Zoo has ended. (September 2019)

Welcome back to The Joyous Living‘s series on the Santa Barbara Zoo. Did you know that the SB Zoo has had the same two Asian Elephants since 1972? They are Little Mac and Sujatha.

CONSERVATION NOTE: Asian elephants are listed as Endangered due to habitat loss, poaching and human-elephant conflicts.


Little Mac and Sujatha were born and raised in Mysore, India, until they were 18 months old and traded for two California sea lions in 1972. That means they are in their mid-forties!


Little Mac and Sujatha eat:

  • 137 lbs. fortified grains a week
  • 24 lbs. celery a week
  • 4 lbs. kale a week
  • 3 lbs. bananas a week

And much much more! For more information visit the SB Zoo website.


Plan to have your lunch or afternoon snack at the picnic tables above the elephant enclosure.

Zoo Tickets: $10-$17
Train Tickets: $5 (non-member); $4 (member)
Parking (in the zoo’s lot): $7 (non-member); 1 free car (member)
Zoo Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

The Joyous Living: Santa Barbara Zoo Elephant Program Has Died with Little Mac.

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