This week Dublin Zoo proudly announced the birth of a male Asian elephant calf. Proud mum Yasmin gave birth to the healthy calf on Monday afternoon (15th May) and the calf is estimated to be 1 metre tall and weighs approximately 130kg.
Speaking about the birth, Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo said, “The birth of an Asian elephant is an amazing spectacle and this was no exception. The arrival of the calf was greeted with celebratory trumpeting and each member of the herd, from the oldest to youngest, played a role in assisting with the birth.
“We’ve been on an incredible journey over the past three years, overseeing the birth of six elephant calves, placing Dublin Zoo as one the most successful Asian elephant breeding programmes in the world. The recent births are of huge significance for the future of the endangered Asian elephant.
“We’re very proud of the expanding herd and seeing the eleven elephants together will be a wonderful sight for visitors to the Zoo over the summer. The new calf needs a name, so we would like to invite the public to suggest names for the newest arrival based on his Asian origin”
Dublin Zoo is inviting the public to suggest a name for the new arrival based on his Asian origin. Name suggestions can be submitted here.