Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed its sixth baby elephant last week. The youngster was born to 25-year-old Vasha, who gained a whopping 800 pounds during her pregnancy. Her male calf weighed in at 311 after the birth. This is Vasha’s second baby. The other calfs born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom over the years are:
- Tufani (male), born in 2003;
- Kianga (female), born in 2004;
- Nadirah (female), born in 2005;
- Tsavo (male), born in 2008
- Luna (female), born 2010.
Disney’s breeding program is fulfilling an important role in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. The AZA has called for a five-fold increase in African elephant reproduction to help create a self-sustaining elephant population for wildlife centers and zoos in North America.
The program includes artificial methods. Vasha’s pregnancy resulted from artificial insemination in October, 2009. Her latest calf is part of a 12 elephant herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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