The animal care staff at the Dublin Zoo are over the moon this week over the birth of a precious baby Asian Elephant. Standing at 3 feet tall and weighing a whopping 300 pounds, the healthy male calf was born on May 15 to mother Yasmin and and father Upali. This calf is one of 6 born in the last 3 years at the zoo, a major accomplishment for any zoological institution. With this new addition, the zoo is now home to 11 beautiful elephants.
Asian Elephants are extremely social and intelligent animals. Herds are led by an older female, known as the matriarch. It is common to see sisters, nieces, aunts, and cousins all pitch in to help protect and care for the calves of a herd. At the Dublin Zoo, keepers noted that the other elephants became excited when Yasmin went into labor and came to her aid as she gave birth. With a gestation period of 22 months, elephant pregnancies require extra care and attention for a successful birth. With so many elephants born in their history and with their superb care, Dublin Zoo is one of the top facilities in the world for elephant conservation and care.
A naming contest is being held for the new calf and a name will be chosen soon. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the calf 7 days a week from 9:30 AM to 6PM. Congratulations to everyone at the Dublin Zoo on this amazing accomplishment!