Sudi (Sudu-Aliya) at Yala Ruhunu National Park

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Sudi (Sudu-Aliya) at Yala Ruhunu National Park

Sudi (Sudu-Aliya)
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 25 years old
Management:wild
Location:Yala Ruhunu National Park
ArrivedYala Ruhunu National Park 1993-00-00
Born:1993 wild in
Yala Ruhunu National Park
Document updated2012-01-16: 
Sudi is mostly a light tan color with white body hair but has a black tail tuft. Therefore, she is not a complete albino.

On July 24 and 25 2004, Sri Lankan newspapers reported the spotting of a white (albino) elephant in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, a female named Sue, short for Sudu-Aliya" which means "white elephant".

Although this was the first time that this had received wide publicity, Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando had observed this animal as a newborn in Heenwewa in 1993. In 1996 the same animal had been photographed in water by a group of enthusiasts.
The White Elephant

Sources, among others

  • http://www.ccrsl.org/CCR/Stories/WhiteElephant.htm

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