Archive for the 'Elephants' Category

Elephants: Umoya’s Calf

Posted at 11:26 am July 8, 2010 by Curtis Lehman

Umoya and her son

As many of you know, there were some difficult circumstances following the birth of Umoya’s calf on May 12 of this year (see post, A May Elephant Baby) at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, so it’s been a big relief to their adoring and caring public, their keepers, and our veterinary staff that things have worked out so well for the both of them.


Elephant Rush!

Posted at 9:36 am July 2, 2010 by Rick Schwartz

Moya and her son, with Kami (left) and Litsemba

Most of the time when we think of the word “rush,” we don’t think of fun; instead, the word brings to mind being in a hurry (or in a panic!). “Elephant Rush” at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park is quite different, yet there is one similarity. The big difference is how much fun you will have: you can’t help but smile. The similarity? The elephants are indeed in a hurry!

As you know, our keepers offer fun and interesting enrichment for the elephants every day. However, what you may not know is that now, every day right before 11 in the morning, the keepers finish placing all of the enrichment out into the elephant yard. Then at 11 a.m., the elephants hastily make their way out to play with and explore all of that great enrichment. This has become known as Elephant Rush, and, let me tell you: it is a sight to behold and one you MUST see!


Three Elephant Munchkins

Posted at 11:51 am June 30, 2010 by Curtis Lehman

Umoya with her little one, born May 2010.

I guess now is as good a time as any for a quick update on our three little munchkins, all born this year to the African elephant herd at the Wild Animal Park. (Read Curtis’ previous post, A May Elephant Baby.)

Lutsandvo, aka Looty, is now 4 months old and 480 pounds (218 kilograms). Could he be any cuter? He’s currently just about everybody’s favorite baby. Looty’s at that phase where he always comes over to us and solicits attention, and who are we to deny it? He loves to suck on our fingers and have his tongue scratched.


Elephant Odyssey: One Year

Posted at 9:21 am June 14, 2010 by Victoria Zahn

Jewel, on left, and Tina

Memorial Day has come and gone as we celebrate our one-year anniversary here at the San Diego Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey. What a year it has been! Asian elephants Tina and Jewel continue to settle into their new home with us. (See post Elephants Tina, Jewel at 8 Months.)

Jewel has had her second dental procedure (read about her first procedure in An Elephant Goes to the Dentist…). The tooth was very loose, so they decided to remove it and give the new tooth room to grow in straight


A May Elephant Baby

Posted at 4:37 pm June 3, 2010 by Curtis Lehman

Meet our newest elephant!

On the night of May 12, while the night-watch volunteers at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park were doing the final week of watches on African elephant Swazi’s calf (born April 12, see post Newest Elephant Calf), Umoya decided it was time to have her second calf—one day earlier than a 21-month gestation (21 to 22 months is normal).


New Calf: A Cute Bit of Trouble

Posted at 12:15 pm May 13, 2010 by Karen Wiese

You know those cute shirts that stores sell for infants and toddlers? The ones that say things like, “Grandma loves me,” or “Don’t blame me, blame my brother!” I think I know which one would seem appropriate for our newest elephant calf at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park: “Here comes trouble!”


Newest Elephant Calf

Posted at 2:04 pm May 11, 2010 by Curtis Lehman

As of May 11, the Wild Animal Park’s newest calf (born on April 12, 2010) weighs 312 pounds (142 kilograms) and continues to gain about 2 pounds a day. Son of first-time mother Swazi, he was our biggest baby at birth at 268 pounds (122 kilograms). The as-yet-named calf has become an efficient “nurser” and also enjoys “nursing” from #1 Auntie, Lungile (who’s not lactating), and occasionally his dad, Mabu, who’s definitely not lactating and has this bewildered look on his face! The baby nurses like clockwork about every half hour and for about two minutes total each time.


Wild Elephant Kachikau

Posted at 2:07 pm April 21, 2010 by Kelly Landon

Kachikau and her calf

Kachikau was a large female elephant, approximately 30 years of age, and the matriarch of her family herd of 8. Her nature seemed to be one of a calm, reserved matriarch. Not once had we witnessed her show any signs of aggression or distress. She kept her calf close to her side and was an attentive mother, much to the pleasure of the young one, who seemed shy among the larger elephants.


Elephants Tina, Jewel at 8 Months

Posted at 10:40 am April 16, 2010 by Victoria Zahn

Well, it is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since we moved the elephants over to Elephant Odyssey and more than eight months since Tina and Jewel arrived.

Tina and Jewel have made great strides since they joined us back in August 2009. Currently, we are training them for their annual physicals, and both are doing really well. To keep training consistent, each elephant is assigned two primary keepers who train a behavior to completion before handing it off to the rest of the keeper staff.


Elephant Introductions Continue

Posted at 4:21 pm February 23, 2010 by Ron Ringer

Today we took a step closer to acclimating elephants Tina and Jewel into the Elephant Odyssey family at the San Diego Zoo: Jewel was introduced into Yard 3 of Elephant Odyssey with Sumithi and Cha Cha (see post Elephants Cha Cha and Tembo).