Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: July 7, 2020 2:12 pm
Photo Credit: St Louis Zoo/Josh Sydney Smith
The St Louis Zoo in the USA has welcomed a big baby with the second male elephant to be born at the zoo in its history arriving on Monday July 6th.
Mother Rani, a 23 year old female Asian elephant gave birth to the calf at 1.55pm.
“Rani and baby are doing very well,” said Tim Thier, Curator of Mammals/Ungulates and River’s Edge, and Director, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Asian Elephant Conservation. “We’re thrilled to welcome Raja’s first son into our three-generation elephant family,” said Thier.
With the birth of this calf it brings the elephant family full circle at the St Louis Zoo. His father Raja, a 27 year old male elephant is the only other male to be born at the zoo in its history and he was also the first elephant ever born at the zoo. He was born in 1992.
Photo Credit: St Louis Zoo/ Madi Culbertson
Rani and her new son are part of the multi-generational 10 member herd at St Louis Zoo. The birth of this calf is important for the wellbeing of the herd as Katie Pilgram-Kloppe, Zoological Manager of River’s Edge explained, “Breeding and calf rearing is one part of our robust, multi-faceted animal welfare program, and important to the elephants’ social structure. Our experienced, professional elephant care team is providing exceptional care for Rani and her newborn.”
The birth of this calf has been long anticipated with elephants having a jumbo sized 22 month pregnancy. At birth the calf weighs between 113 and 158kg (250 and 350lbs).
Rani was born at the Jacksonville Zoo during 1996 and arrived at St Louis Zoo in 2001.
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