eBay search for elephant calf name
Thursday 29 April 2010
Zoo keepers stumped coming up with a name for their new baby elephant have decided to auction the naming rights on eBay to raise money for conservation.
For the first time ever, keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are inviting bidders on eBay to help name their newest arrival – a male baby elephant born on 12 April.
Bidding starts at just 1p but the honour of naming the two-week-old elephant will go to the highest bidder over the week-long auction. The winner will also get the chance to meet the elephant calf and his keepers at the zoo.
The young elephant is fast finding his feet in the spring sunshine while delighting visitors with his inquisitive nature.
The pint-sized pachyderm weighed in at 124kg and is more than 3ft tall. Nurtured by mother Karishma, a first-time mum, he is one of nine elephants at the Bedfordshire Zoo.
The auction of the baby’s name will raise funds for ZSL's conservation work, including our Asian elephant project and others around the world.
There are thought to be just 1,500 Asian elephants remaining in the wild, with only 50,000 left in total. ZSL is working to protect elephants in the forest areas of Thailand, attempting to understand and alleviate the human-elephant conflict, which has been aggravated by the loss of the elephant’s natural habitat.