Photo: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park
A male African elephant calf was born on Friday at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Weighing in at 220 pounds, the baby elephant will be observed for a few days before joining the rest of the herd, which includes four other elephant calves.
The world’s largest land mammals, African elephants can grow as large as 3.3 m (10 ft.) at the shoulder and 6000 kg (6.6 tons). They are considered near threatened by the IUCN as poaching and urban sprawl pose massive threats to their survival in the wild.
To learn more about African elephants in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: African Elephant.