Some good news coming out of Dublin Zoo in recent weeks and days; first of all, the news that a baby bull elephant was born to Elephant Mum Yasmin last month. And this week, ANOTHER bull calf born! It was born last Tuesday to Elephant Mum, Anak.
And if that wasn't enough, a THIRD pregnant cow is due to give birth in about a month’s time!
It's all go at the Zoo, and it's been incredibly busy with visitors keen to see these cute little calves. Katriona McFadden heads over to the Zoo to meet up with Director Leo Oosterweghel at the elephant enclosure...
PRESS RELEASE: The baby boom continues! Dublin Zoo announce birth of second Elephant Calf!
The excitement continues at Dublin Zoo with the announcement of the arrival of a second Asian elephant calf this week. The healthy male calf was born to mother Anak at 6.24am on Tuesday 19th August weighing in at 70kg. This is another extraordinary achievement for the animal care team at Dublin Zoo.
The calf, which is yet to be named, will join the rest of the herd – Bernhardine, Asha, Yasmin and her new calf which was born last month, mum Anak and Dad Upali in the Kaziranga Forest Trail at Dublin Zoo which is sponsored by The Natural Confectionery Company.
Details of the 'Month of the Elephant' will be available at www.dublinzoo.ie from September 15th.
Leo Oosterweghel, Director at Dublin Zoo commented, "We are all so excited here at Dublin Zoo. To have two healthy elephant calves born in such quick succession is wonderful. We're really pleased to have such great support from the Lord Mayor, Dublin City Council and The Natural Confectionery Company and we hope that the 'Month of the Elephant' allows people learn more about these impressive animals."
The Natural Confectionary Company will be announcing details of the second naming competition on their Facebook page where another lucky family will get to officially name the new arrival at an event in Dublin Zoo.
Visitors can see Upali, Bernhardine, Asha and Anak and Yasmin with their new calves at the Kaziranga Forest Trail daily. You can also keep an eye on the herd on the elephant webcam at www.dublinzoo.ie. Details of the TNCC naming competition can be found on www.facebook.com/thenaturalconfectionerycom
The keeper talk 'Elephant Encounters' happens at 12.30pm every day so this is a good time to visit the Kaziranga Forest Trail to learn more about Asian elephants.