Zoo baby makes an ‘Ele-of a debut!
Thursday 7 February 2008
There was no time for a trunk call when the latest baby arrived at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – this elephant calf was within shouting distance!
The young male, the second calf born to mother Azizah, arrived quickly after a short labour while keepers kept a close eye on the proceedings.
The calf was born after a 630-day gestation period on Thursday 17th January at 1.10pm. The birth is the first daytime delivery of an elephant calf born at the zoo. Keepers had been expecting the birth and were keeping day and night watches on the mother.
He is 24-year-old Azizah’s second born and weighed in at a healthy 103 kg (220 lbs).
The calf was up on his feet within 20 minutes and is feeding well. He is now ready to enjoy some time outdoors with his mother, but also likes his daily nap.
Father Emmett is the herd’s only adult male and he is also father to Euan, who is nearly three and a half and Leelee who is just over one.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s nine Asian elephants share the seven acre paddock at the zoo, which comprises five linked outside areas including a large grass paddock as well as two separate houses. Additional facilities include two pools, mud wallows, dust baths and rubbing posts and high feeders.
The popular Elephantastic demonstrations will begin again in May this year and will feature four of the elephants in the herd, including Leelee and Euan.