Night Safari's baby elephant turns 1 month old
Singapore, 21 Jun 2016 – It has been a little more than a month since Night Safari received an early birthday surprise this year, in the form of a 149kg female baby Asian elephant on 12 May 2016. The big bundle of joy arrived 14 days ahead of the award-winning park’s 22nd anniversary, which was on 26 May 2016.
Night Safari visitors can witness the close bond between mother and baby at the Asian elephant exhibit from late June onwards. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Sri Nandong, Night Safari’s 30-year-old female Asian elephant, surprised her animal carers when she gave birth to the photogenic calf in the elephant exhibit during the Safari's opening hours.
Keepers had been aware that she was pregnant but did not expect the baby to arrive so soon. An elephant’s gestation period usually lasts between 22-24 months, making it the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom.
This latest addition to the herd is the park’s first elephant birth in six years. The calf has gained 43kg since birth, and now weighs a hefty 192kg. The gentle yet inquisitive calf was sired by 39-year-old Chawang, the Asian bull elephant at Night Safari. With this birth, Night Safari is now home to four female and two male elephants.
Night Safari’s 30 year old female elephant Sri Nandong, introduces her calf to napier grass. The calf, which was born on 12 May 2016, still relies mainly on her mother’s milk, but is starting to use her trunk to explore solid food. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Visitors can witness the close bond between mother and baby at the Asian elephant exhibit from late June onwards. For now, the little calf enjoys her time getting to know her elephant ‘aunties’ Jamilah and Tun, frolicking in her little play pool and going for short walks to get used to her surroundings. She is as yet unnamed.
The baby frolicking in her little play pool with elephant ‘aunties’ Jamilah and Tun. She seems to be staring at something with her big eyes as baby elephants have adult-sized eyes, which will look smaller as they grow up. Photo credits: Wildlife Reserves Singapore