A live online video from inside the elephant barn at the Oklahoma City Zoo is now available 24 hours a day exclusively at
Viewers will be able to see Asian elephants Asha and Chandra whenever the two are in the community stall inside their new home.
â€œFrom now until the spring, the elephant cam will provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of Asha and Chandra,â€ said David Morris, director of video for OPUBCO Communications Group. â€œThanks to the support and generous access from the Oklahoma City Zoo, we have perched a camera above the community stall.â€
The camera is the centerpiece of the NewsOK Elephant Nation page, which documents the elephant breeding program at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Asha and Chandra spent more than two years at the Tulsa Zoo, breeding with the bull elephant Sneezy. The sister elephants returned to Oklahoma City last month.
Asha is scheduled to give birth in May. Her calf will be the first elephant born at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Chandra's pregnancy status is still unknown.
The elephant camera will allow members of the community to reconnect with Asha and Chandra, said Dwight Scott, executive director of the zoo.
â€œThere's been tremendous interest in the elephants being back in Oklahoma City,â€ Scott said.
â€œHowever, we can't let our guests come and see them because we're still under construction. This camera allows the guests to see the elephants and see how they're doing and see how they're acclimating to their new
Active until spring
The camera will remain active until the spring, when the elephant exhibit is scheduled to open.
The $13 million exhibit is the largest ever at the Oklahoma City Zoo, but it's only the first phase of a larger Asia exhibit.
The second phase of the Asia project will cost about $17 million.
The elephant cam does not have sound at the request of zoo staff.
The camera will remain on 24 hours a day except for any unforeseen
The camera shows a view of the community stall, where Asha and Chandra spend quite a bit of time.
But the elephants won't always be on screen.
During the mornings, the animals usually spend time training with their keepers or roaming their new habitat outside.
â€œThat's a lot to do in one day, so that's why you won't always see the elephants in the community stall where the camera is,â€ zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.
The best time for viewing is the afternoon and evening before sunset.