“The elephant born in the Valencian park evolves very favorably in its first days, as can be seen in the touching images that BIOPARC wants to share. The technical team keeps a close watch and is very excited by the exemplary behavior of the mother and the rest of the herd in their ceremonious presentation and acceptance of the calf. The hopeful birth occurs within the international conservation program for the African elephant, which has alarmingly increased its danger of extinction.
Valencia, November 17, 2022.- Only a week has passed since the birth of a beautiful elephant shocked the entire BIOPARC Valencia team. But it seems like a long time for a calf of the largest terrestrial mammal, since each day is lived with great intensity. Every step is an adventure and every moment is a discovery, especially when he’s the center of attention of the whole pack. Moments that show the most tender and at the same time fun side of the behavior of the “little elephant” and that are generating images full of emotion that the park wants to share.
The BIOPARC animal care staff is very positive regarding the evolution of the newborn elephant within the usual caution in calves of such a young age. The mother is proceeding in an exemplary manner in all aspects. It is especially reassuring to watch as she protects, nurses, pampers, and teaches her species-specific behavior. And even more important the way in which she is following the ritual of presentation to the “aunts”, who remain expectant and curious before the new member of the pack. A whole process that is being carried out under the strict control and monitoring of the group of professionals from the Valencian park.
The implemented protocol aims to ensure the maximum well-being of mother and calf, so each progress is monitored and sets the tone for the next movement. The design of the interior enclosures includes open spaces that facilitate the enjoyment of the beneficial sun and allows the scope of action to expand little by little. In this way, after the previous and meticulous review of the parent, the offspring continues to explore new areas where overcoming a tiny curb can mean 15 minutes of clumsy little steps and immense maternal patience. Everything indicates that, if the prudent progress is maintained, in the next few days they will be able to begin their trips to the outdoor installation that recreates the savannah.
The hopeful birth occurs within the framework of the European African Elephant Conservation Program (EEP) of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). This population is of increasing importance for the global conservation of this emblematic species since the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last year increased its threat status and it is already considered “endangered” in its natural habitat.”
Previously on ZooBorns: https://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2022/11/joy-for-the-live-birth-of-the-first-elephant-at-bioparc-valencia.html