Elephant Calf at Toledo Zoo

Baby elephant at Toledo Zoo

Photo by Toledo Zoo.

The Toledo Zoo in Ohio announced the birth of a healthy male African elephant calf.  The newborn elephant, weighing over 200 pounds, stood within minutes of being born and began nursing a few hours later.  The baby’s mother Renee has so far displayed “excellent maternal behavior,” but zoo staff will continue to monitor the pair ensuring they are both healthy and bonded.

Adult African elephants can weigh up to 6000 kg (6.6 tons) and measure up to 3.3 m (10 ft.) at the shoulder, making it the world’s largest land mammal. In their native habitat of sub-Saharan Africa, African elephants play a vital role in maintaining ecological harmony.  They ingest plants and fruits, walk for miles, and excrete the seeds in fertile dung piles. In this way, new plants can grow in different areas and can cross fertilize. In fact, 90 different tree species rely on the elephant for propagation. African elephants also dig holes to expose underground springs. This allows smaller animals to access water in drier times.

To learn more about the Toledo Zoo’s baby elephant, see Toledo Blade.

Learn more about African elephants at Animal Fact Guide.

Baby African Elephant Arrives at San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park

Baby African elephant at San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
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.

For more information about the baby elephant, see:
LA Times Unleashed
San Diego Zoo’s Elephant Baby Video

To learn more about African elephants in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: African Elephant.