The little pachyderm (who is yet to be named) stayed very close to his mother, even catching a quick nap directly under her legs. Interested in seeing more? Check out the video footage of the baby elephant, released by the San Diego Zoo.
And for those wondering how the ”other young’un” is doing, Big Sister Khosi (born September 11, 2006) is pictured below posing for the camera.
A male African elephant calf was born at the Wild Animal Park on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 9:14 pm. Mother Litsemba and her calf are being monitored around the clock by keepers and researchers to ensure that the first time mother properly cares for her newborn.
This marks the third birth for the herd of African elephants rescued from Swaziland in 2003, where they were scheduled to be culled due to overpopulation. Vus’musi, now the “big brother” of the group, was born in February 2004 and Khosi, a female, was born in September 2006.
Elephant females give birth every four to six years, with an average gestation period of 21 months. Tests indicate that two more elephants are also pregnant and due later this year.
The mother and calf are currently separated from the rest of the herd and will slowly be reintegrated into the herd in the coming weeks. The pair is viewable from the Elephant Overlook at the Wild Animal Park or through the Park’s online Elephant Cam.
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? How about a Caravan Safari at San Diego’s Wild Animal Park?
Been there, done that, you say? Hold on, you haven’t experienced the Caravan Safari quite like this before…this Caravan Safari is all about Love, and the hot topic of the “Night Moves” tour is the erotic life of animals. Your tour guide will tell share tales about the animals’ courtship escapades, mate selection and the birds and the bees in the animal world. As a wildlife expert shares stories about amorous animals, guests can snuggle up with their loved ones on a sunset tour of the various animal exhibits, feed giraffes and/or rhinos from the open safari truck and enjoy dessert and specialty beverages at the remote, scenic Amani Point.
The Wild Animal Park’s Night Moves Caravan Safari Tour runs from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm from February 10 – 14, 2007. This romantic tour is for adults ages 21 and up only. The Tour fee is $90.00 per person for members, non-members must add Park admission fee. For reservations, call (619) 718-3000.
The Wild Animal Park celebrates the holiday season with its annual Festival of Lights.
Walk through the Park after dark and enjoy the larger-than-life lighted displays set up throughout the grounds, be serenaded by carolers in Nairobi Village, or take a rare nighttime safari aboard the Wgasa Bush Line Railway.
In addition, children can take part in holiday craft activities set up at various locations around the Park, toboggan down a real snow hill and visit with Santa Claus during the Festival of Lights.
Visitors may also bring (or buy) a plush animal and donate it to the “tree” that has been set up at the entrance to the Park. All the plush animals will be donated to local children’s charities at the closing of the Festival.
The Wild Animal Park’s Festival of Lights runs from December 8 to 23 and December 26 to 30, 2006 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (entrance to the Park closes at 8:00 pm). The event is free with admission to the Wild Animal Park.
The Wild Animal Park’s baby elephant is out in the kraal with her mother and visible to the public from the Elephant Overlook. Born on September 11, 2006, the unnamed female is a month old today.
Keepers have been monitoring the calf since birth to ensure that she is being properly cared for by first time mother Umngani. Both mother and calf are doing well. The herd has been very eager to meet the new addition, and her introduction into the herd has been quite successful.
The crowd of people observing the baby elephant from the Elephant Overlook was very interested in watching the young calf navigate her world and begin mimicking the behaviors of the adult elephants. Frequent “ooohhs” and “aaahhs” could be heard from among the observers. Weighing in at over 200 pounds, she looks tiny compared to her mother, who weighs close to 5,000 pounds!
The half hour we spent observing the pair was quite entertaining. Although the little calf tends to stay very close to her mother – usually between her mother’s legs – she is quite curious about her surroundings; we saw her investigating her environs and testing her strength against the bars of the gate.
The video below, taken over the weekend, shows the mother and calf grazing in the kraal. Notice in particular how similar the behaviors of the two are – the calf seems to be copying her mother’s every move!
This marks the first female calf to be born into the herd of African elephants brought over in 2003 from Swaziland, where they were scheduled for culling due to overpopulation. The first male calf, Vus’musi (“Moose”), was born to Ndula on February 23, 2004.
Park officials believe that three more elephants may be pregnant, however the pregnancies have not yet been confirmed by ultrasound. Elephants typically gestate for 21 to 22 months, placing the anticipated births sometime in 2008.
Two Sumatran tigers were born on March 6, 2012 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and we’ve got a first look at the adorable duo!
The 10- and 11-pound cubs are only just beginning to move around on their own paws, and are still too small to leave their den. Keepers expect them to be more agile and ready to explore the outdoors in July 2012.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is currently home to six Sumatran tigers. There are only about 400 Sumatran tigers left worldwide. They are the smallest of the tiger species, but once grown, males can weigh up to 220 pounds. The birth of these two tiger cubs marks the 24th and 25th birth of this critically endangered species since the Park opened in 1972.
March 24 to April 15, 2012 – Thousands of Butterflies Descend on the Safari Park
Once a year, the magic of butterflies sparks wonder and imagination among visitors both young and old at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. During a three week period – March 24 to April 15, 2012 – guests can walk among thousands of brightly colored butterflies in a huge aviary filled with lush green plants and flowers. Guests who come year after year know to have their cell phones and cameras ready to snap a shot when one of the delicate beauties lands on their shoulder or head!
Butterfly Jungle is a unique opportunity to observe up close over 30 species of butterflies hailing from Africa, Asia and Central and South America including the Monarch, Giant Swallowtail and Blue Morpho, as well as some more exotic sounding species such as the Zebra Longwing, Orange-Barred Tiger and Grecian Shoemaker. This year for the first time, guests will be able to take special identification cards with them through the exhibit and try to name each species.
Not far from Butterfly Jungle, guests can check out more winged creatures at the Safari Park’s new bat exhibit: a cloud of 13 Rodrigues fruit bats. Special activities are scheduled throughout the Park during Butterfly Jungle. There also will be butterfly-themed foods from the Park’s kitchens, such as cupcakes, to enjoy.
Butterfly Jungle takes place from March 24, 2012 to April 15, 2012. This event is free with admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
About the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Formerly known as the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is located approximately 35 miles northeast of the Zoo, in Escondido, California at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA, 92027. The 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park is operated by the not-for-profit San Diego Zoo and includes a 900-acre native species reserve. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.
IMAX film Born to be Wild comes to the ReubenH.FleetScienceCenter
IMAX film Born to be Wild, opening at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on May 13, 2011, is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals.
Stunningly captured in IMAX, Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return orphaned orangutans and elephants back to the wild.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Filmed Entertainment. Rated G with a run time of 40 minutes, this documentary adventure film will be playing exclusively inIMAXat the at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park starting May 13, 2011.
Orangutans, Elephants and IMAX…Oh My!
While there might appear to be little resemblance between elephants and orangutans, Writer/Producer Drew Fellman observes that the animals in the film share a link that is deeper than biology. “They are orphans whose parents have been killed and some remarkable angels have rescued them from the brink of death and are giving them a second chance at the lives they were born to lead. Interestingly, the orangutans live in Asia and the elephants are in Africa, but they happen to be situated pretty close to the equator – Nairobi slightly north and Borneo just south – so even though they are in separate parts of the world, they are joined by this imaginary line.”
But the filmmakers found even more in common with their animal subjects than anticipated. “Orangutans are mostly solitary creatures; they’re thinkers and very independent,” Fellman notes. “Elephants are emotional, highly social and family oriented. We humans have both those instincts so, in a way, elephants and orangutans represent two distinct sides of human nature.”
The film’s cinematographer, David Douglas, enjoyed the orangutans’ innate sense of adventure and humor and says that capturing their spirit and ability to have fun was as important as shedding light on their predicament. “They’ll climb up on you and steal your glasses and pick your pocket all at the same time,” Douglas remembers. “You’re completely outgunned. They are also fast learners. They became like members of the crew. A number of times the gaffer would be holding one end of the reflector – and we’d look over and see an orangutan holding it on the other end. We even caught them trying to start the generators.”
Much like the orangutans, the young orphaned elephants that arrive at the nursery in Kenya, are very fragile, both physically and emotionally. A big part of the elephants’ recovery regimen includes enrichment activities like wrestling and mud baths. Director David Lickley says, “They love to playfully bump up against you and they like games, too. We were able to film this crazy soccer game, with three balls bouncing around, elephants trumpeting, people hooting and hollering, and dust flying up. There are obviously no rules, but everyone was having a great time.”
Because elephants live in familial groups, the maturing process includes learning how to be part of the herd. This is where the humans let go and the elephants take over. And that is when the real magic happens. Much of what an elephant needs to know they could never learn from a human. Fortunately, the “ex-orphans” – elephants that have transitioned fully to the wild – have formed several herds and take it upon themselves to visit the young orphans and teach them the ways of elephant life.
“We might not see the ex-orphans for months at a time but when new orphans arrive they all gather even before the trucks arrive,” Dame Daphne says. “They somehow know that something big is about to transpire.
“About 30 or 40 of these ex-orphan elephants, who are now independent and wild-living, came and greeted the newbies,” Fellman observes. “What is fascinating is that 20-year-old elephants were mentoring a two-year-old elephant. Two decades ago, Daphne had raised those elephants, and somewhere out there is a 50-year-old elephant she raised that took part in raising those 20-year-old elephants. It was amazing to be around that continuum.”
Fellman is particularly proud of the fact that no trained animals appear in Born to be Wild. “Every animal featured in the film is either totally wild, a rehabilitant now living wild, or a young orphan being prepared for its release.”
Having worked as part of the underwater team on IMAX’s Under the Sea, Fellman knew exactly what format would best serve a story set in the contrasting terrains. “IMAX is ideal because we’re bringing audiences right into these very rich environments to let them be there in a way you can’t in any other format,” he offers. Lickley concurs: “There is an immediacy to IMAX, you’re engulfed. If you can’t be in the wild, this is the next best thing.”
Born to be Wild will be showing in IMAX at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in BalboaPark (at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA, 92101) starting May 13, 2011. This family friendly show is Rated G.
Can’t wait till May 13th? Celebrate Mother’s Day by taking your mother or family to a special advance screening of the IMAX movie Born to Be Wild at the Science Center on Sunday, May 8, 2011. Both Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas and John Kay from Steppenwolf will be hosting this advance film screening and “Meet ‘n Greet” event and are excited to meet fans and friends! Click here for more information and to order tickets to this advance screening event.