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Lowry Park Zoo welcomes birth of African elephant calf

Lowry Park Zoo welcomed it latest bundle of joy -- a 2-week-old African elephant calf. The yet unnamed female calf met the rest of her zoo family while learning to navigate the outdoor savannah with her mother, Mbali.

Births are few in the managed population of African elephants among 40 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, with just three occurring in 2012. The African elephant birth is only the second in the Zoo's history, and the first born in Tampa from a herd of 11 elephants rescued from culling in Swaziland, Africa, and brought to the U.S. nearly a decade ago.

The African elephant birth is only the second in the Zoo's history, and the first born in Tampa from a herd of 11 elephants rescued from culling in Swaziland, Africa, and brought to the U.S. nearly a decade ago. The calf is significant to the population because she introduces new DNA into the gene pool of elephants managed in North America. The Zoo's herd lives together in a natural social structure, with mother and aunts sharing the care of the calf.

Lowry Park Zoo welcomes birth of African elephant calf 01/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 5:52pm]
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