Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Asian elephant calf. Proud mum Bernhardine (Dina) who is the herd’s matriarch, gave birth to the healthy calf on Monday night (13th March) after a 22-month gestation period. The calf is estimated to be 1 metre tall and weighs approx. 80kg.
The new arrival is Dina’s third calf and the fifth elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in less than three years. The new-born will join the herd of nine Asian elephants, including father Upali, in the Kaziranga Forest Trail.
Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo said, “We are delighted with the new arrival and happy to report that both mum and calf are doing great. The calf is feeding exceptionally well and has settled into her surroundings seamlessly.
“This is Dina’s third calf and so naturally, she has developed excellent maternal instincts over the years. We are very proud of the expanding herd and recognise the significance of these births for the future of endangered Asian elephants.”
The new-born is a significant success for Dublin Zoo as part of the international breeding programme established to assist the survival of the Asian elephant. It is estimated that only 30,000 to 60,000 of these animals exist in the wild, with the largest population found in India*.
To see the new arrival, visitthe Kaziranga Forest Trail in Dublin Zoo. Dublin Zoo, a not for profit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 6pm in March. For further information on Dublin Zoo visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo, www.dublinzoo.ie.