Florida Zoo welcomes baby elephant
Rescued pachyderm gives birth.
Mbali, one of 11 elephants rescued from a Swaziland, Africa, park nearly a decade ago, became a mom for the first time at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo just before Christmas.
The calf is the first born in Tampa from the rescued herd.
The baby and its 19-year-old mom are being closely monitored by the zoo’s staff and will be reunited shortly with two other mature females, who will help Mbali raise her calf.
The zoo has asked a family in Swaziland who’ve been active in establishing three national parks for wildlife conservation to name the newborn.
— Read it at the Orlando Sentinel
Photo: Dave Parkinson, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo // This photo of the calf was taken just 15 hours after its birth.
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