Sukari (a name which means ‘sweet as sugar’) is an African elephant with a very long trunk and big round eyes, who lives in The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. She was adopted by The Elephant Ladder on February 14th, 2020.

Sukari was born in Zimbabwe in 1984 and was captured and imported to the United States in 1985. Upon arrival in the United States, Sukari was transferred to Reston Animal Park in Vienna, Virginia where they spent almost 15 years as the sole elephant, giving rides and painting for the public. Sukari was transferred to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on September 15th 1999 where she lived for 15 years with several other elephants. On November 4th 2015, Sukari retired to The Elephant Sanctuary, becoming the 26th resident.

Sukari is often seen wallowing in the mud and enjoys playing all different types of games, she knows over 50 cues and is easily engaged by Care Staff in learning new ones. They and their friends (elephants Flora & Tange) can often be seen playing games together and touching trunks. You can learn more about Sukari online at

Thanks to the following ladies for donating to our adopt-an-elephant and becoming Sukari’s official aunts!

Susan Marie Doyle: Writer, Photographer, Educator, Patron of the Arts, and Environmental & Climate Change Activist. Follow her on twitter @suzanroze

Nori Rose: Writer, Witch, Feminist. Follow her on twitter @norirosewrites

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