Resident Elephant Mali gave birth to a healthy male baby on January 15th.
The calf made his way into the world at 5:30 am. This is female elephant Mali's second calf with bull elephant Doc. The two elephants are both 21 years old.
The calf weighed 268 pounds and was measured to be 3 feet tall at birth. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo does what it can to help increase survival for elephants by participating in the Species Survival Plan for Asian Elephants. This plan is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
In the wild, Asian elephants are critically endangered animals. There are only about 30,000 estimated to remain in the world.
Elephants have a much longer gestation period than that of humans, ranging anywhere from 20- 24 months. When employees at the zoo discovered Mali was pregnant the veterinary team began extensive training and preparing for the birth as while as providing elephant care to Mali during the pregnancy.
Welcome to the world baby elephant!! The zoo will be keeping the public updated through social media platforms, so we can watch the calf's progress leading up to its first in person presentation!