Wednesday 25 May 2016

'Elephantastic' month planned as second calf born at Dublin Zoo

Published 22/08/2014 | 13:05

Dublin Zoo has announced the arrival of a second Asian elephant today Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Dublin Zoo has announced the arrival of a second Asian elephant today Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Dublin Zoo plans for ‘Month of the Elephant’ later this year as the second Asian elephant calf was born in Dublin Zoo this week.

Mother Anak ended her 22 month long pregnancy as she welcomed the 70kg healthy male calf into the world.

The calf 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 Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
The calf 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 Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The as yet unnamed baby elephant was born just before 630am on Tuesday morning.

He will join the rest of the herd, including dad Upali and Yasmin and her month old calf in Dublin Zoo’s Kaziranga Forest Trail.

It is amazing for us to be able to announce the birth of two Asian elephants in the space of six weeks,” Paul O’Donoghue, assistant director at Dublin Zoo said.

“The calf is doing well and is being watched carefully by his mum Anak and the rest of the herd. As a first time mother, Anak has bonded very well with the calf, with the help of the family unit.’

The healthy male calf was born to mother Anak at 6.24am on Tuesday 19th August weighing in at 70kg Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
The healthy male calf was born to mother Anak at 6.24am on Tuesday 19th August weighing in at 70kg Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke declared this the ‘Month of the Elephant’ to celebrate the new arrivals. 

 “I am delighted to be here today at the announcement of this second healthy bull calf and of course we wait expectantly for news of a third elephant arrival later in the autumn,” he said. 

“Alongside the team at Dublin Zoo and The Natural Confectionery Company, the sponsors of the elephant’s habitat, we have planned a full month of elephant themed activities in schools, libraries and around our city this October”.

Director at Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterweghel said staff at Dublin Zoo were “so excited”.

“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.

Details of the ‘Month of the Elephant’ will be available at www.dublinzoo.ie from 15th September.

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