It’s a Girl! Dublin Zoo announces birth of third Asian Elephant Calf

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It’s a Girl! Dublin Zoo announces birth of third Asian Elephant Calf

Saturday, 20 September 2014


There is even more good news from Dublin Zoo with the announcement of the arrival of a third Asian elephant calf. The healthy female calf was born to mother Bernhardine at 11.45 pm on 17th September weighing in at 68kg.

This is the third elephant calf to be born at Dublin Zoo within a 10 week period. The first calf, Kavi, was born to mother Yasmin on Thursday, 17th July, followed closely by Ashoka, named after one of India’s greatest emperors, born to mother Anak on Tuesday 19th August.

Paul O’Donoghue, assistant director at Dublin Zoo said, “Our latest arrival is a wonderful addition to our breeding herd of Asian elephants. It was a very quick and calm birth and Bernhardine’s daughter Asha (7 years old) stayed with her throughout. The calf was standing within ten minutes and has been suckling really well.

“Bernhardine, is the oldest female and the herd’s matriarch. She is an experienced mother and this is her fourth calf”. 

“It is just incredible for us to be announcing the birth of three Asian elephants in the space of ten weeks.  It is an extraordinary achievement for the animal care team here at Dublin Zoo who are very proud of the expanding herd and of the significance of these births for the future of endangered Asian elephants”.

Leo Oosterweghel, Director at Dublin Zoo commented, “The arrival of three Asian elephant calves is certainly something for us to celebrate. After a decade of continuous development Dublin Zoo is now one of the best zoos in the world and key to its success is the level of pride and ownership the people of Dublin have in it. We are delighted to have the support of Dublin City Council and The Natural Confectionery Company to bring the celebration to the people of Dublin during the month of October. The Month of the Elephant is all about celebrating these wonderful animals”. 

A naming competition will be hosted on Dublin Zoo’s Facebook page and the Zoo is calling on the public to suggest a name for the latest arrival based on its Asian origins.






The Natural Confectionery Company are sponsors of the Kaziranga Forest Trail, Home to the Elephants.


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