For the first time in seven years, an African elephant calf has been born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
Its A Girl
The delivery of the baby girl, named Corra, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2023, was carefully planned through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which helps ensure the responsible breeding of endangered animals in managed care. Corra is currently backstage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom bonding with her mother, Nadirah.
The Second Generation Of Calf To Be Born At The Park
While Corra is Nadirah’s first calf, this birth is extra special because Nadirah herself was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2005, making Corra the first second-generation calf to be born in the park. Since this was Nadirah’s first birth, her sister Luna was there to guide and comfort her throughout the process. The calf will soon get to meet her grandmother, Donna, and her other aunt, Stella. It is common for adult females in the herd to assist in raising young elephants until they are considered to be independent, typically around 8 years old.
A 22 Month Pregnancy
Nadirah became pregnant through natural breeding in early 2022, receiving special care from Disney’s animal care team for the entirety of her nearly 22-month pregnancy. Under the expert care of animal keepers, veterinarians and scientists, mother and baby will undergo continued post-natal exams and spend several days bonding before they are ready to join the rest of the herd.
During this bonding period, the elephant team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is watching for the pair to share key moments like successful nursing, as well as significant milestones, such as weight gain.
About African Elephants
African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. Adult males, also known as bulls, can weigh between 5,000 and 14,000 pounds (2,268 to 6,350 kilograms). Adult females, or cows, are generally smaller, with a weight range of 4,000 to 10,000 pounds (1,814 to 4,536 kilograms).
One distinguishing feature of African elephants is their large ears, which are shaped somewhat like the continent of Africa. Their ears serve several purposes, including regulating body temperature.
The Conservation Of African Elephants
African elephants face threats such as habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching for their ivory. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect these majestic animals, and they are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Since 1995, Disney Conservation has directed more than $120 million and the expertise of their dedicated teams to support organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action, and protect the planet.
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