Meet the newest member of the zoo’s heavy gang
SOUND the trumpets! Another new baby elephant has been born at Dublin Zoo.
Weighing in at a healthy 90kg, the unnamed male Asian elephant calf arrived on Saturday to the delight of his proud mother Anak.
The calf is Anak’s second offspring and the seventh to be born at the zoo in the past four years. He has settled in quickly with the rest of the herd, which includes father Upali, becoming is the centre of attention.
Gerry Creighton, zoo operations manager, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome our new arrival to Dublin Zoo and happy to report the calf is healthy, strong and was standing within minutes of his birth.
‘It is fascinating to watch the younger females interact with the calf, as they are working together to protect him. Witnessing the sights and sounds of an elephant birth, is important to inexperienced females in the herd as it prepares them for motherhood.’
The birth is a significant success for the zoo which is part of an international breeding programme established to ensure the Asian elephant’s survival.
It is estimated their numbers have more than halved in the last 70 years. But Dublin Zoo provides ongoing support to the research of the elephants in the Kaziranga National Park, India.
Anak’s calf – whose home is the zoo’s popular Kaziranga Forest Trail – is not the only one young elephant with no name: the zoo is inviting the public to come up with a name of African origin for a male rhinoceros born in November, with a family zoo pass up for grabs.
7 Asian elephants born at Dublin Zoo in four years
AT 90 kilograms, he is some baby, but the latest addition to Dublin Zoo is an adorable elephant born last Saturday to proud mum Anak and dad Upali.
The new arrival was unveiled yesterday and has yet to be named. The zoo is one of our most popular attractions and any new addition to its array of exotic residents is always welcome.
Trunk call: The as yet unnamed male calf born at the weekend is settling in and enjoying being the centre of attention