Sudu (white)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Yala Ruhunu National Park in Sri Lanka

♀ Sudu (white)

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Alternative name: Sudu-Aliya, Sudi, Cheena Aliya



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 31 years old
Characteristics: light tan color with white body hair but has a black tail tuft
Management:Wild elephant
Born:* 1993 wild
Birth place: in Yala Ruhunu National Park
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Yala Ruhunu National Park, in Sri Lanka

Date of arrival

1993-00-00Yala Ruhunu National Park
Record history
History of updates2012-01-16: new record
2018-10-23: updated picture and link

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Sudu (white) is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Yala Ruhunu National Park, in Sri Lanka.

Sudu (white) arrived in 1993-00-00 to the Yala Ruhunu National Park,


Sudu (white) lives together with 17 other elephants at the Yala Ruhunu National Park:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. 1. ♂ Arjuna
  2. 2. ♀ Biso-Menike
  3. 3. ♀ Dushya
  4. 4. ♂ Gemunu born 1991
  5. 5. ♂ Nandimithra
  6. 6. ♂ Natta Kota (Short Tail)
  7. 7. ♂ Perakum (wild)
  8. 8. ♀ Rollie
  9. 9. ♀ Sakunthala
  10. 10. ♂ Sando (wild)
  11. 11. ♀ Sapumali
  12. 12. ♂ Thaga
  13. 13. ♂ Thilak
  14. 14. ♀ Uma
  15. 15. ♂ Unnamed born 2021-10-00
  16. 16. ♀ Valli
  17. 17. ♀ Wanamali
and possibly other wild elephants which have no record in this database


Sudu (white) was born wild 1993 at Yala Ruhunu National Park.

Comments / pictures

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

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Sudu (white), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Yala Ruhunu National Park in Sri Lanka. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 February 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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