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Dublin Zoo announce birth of second Elephant Calf!

Friday, 22 August 2014

The excitement continues at Dublin Zoo with the announcement of the arrival of a second Asian elephant calf this week. The healthy male calf was born to mother Anak at 6.24am on Tuesday 19th August weighing in at 70kg. This is another extraordinary achievement for the animal care team at Dublin Zoo.

The calf, which is yet to be named, will join the rest of the herd – Bernhardine, Asha, Yasmin and her new calf which was born last month, mum Anak and Dad Upali in the Kaziranga Forest Trail at Dublin Zoo which is sponsored by The Natural Confectionery Company.

Paul O’Donoghue, assistant director at Dublin Zoo said“It is amazing for us to be able to announce the birth of two Asian elephants in the space of six weeks.  The calf is doing well and is being watched carefully by his mum Anak and the rest of the herd. As a first time mother, Anak has bonded very well with the calf, with the help of the family unit.’

Joining the announcement today at Dublin Zoo was the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, who along with his colleagues at Dublin City Council have named October 2014 the ‘Month of the Elephant’ to celebrate the new arrivals. It will be an ‘elephantastic’ month with an exciting elephant themed calendar of family fun days,  events, workshops and keeper talks all around Dublin city and at the Zoo.

The Lord Mayor, Christy Burke said, “The birth of the Asian elephants at Dublin Zoo is something that all of us at Dublin City Council want the people of Dublin to enjoy and share in. The Zoo is part of the fabric of Dublin life and has been a must see for Dublin families since it opened in 1831.

I am delighted to be here today at the announcement of this second healthy bull calf and of course we wait expectantly for news of a third elephant arrival later in the autumn.  Alongside the team at Dublin Zoo and The Natural Confectionery Company, the sponsors of the elephant’s habitat, we have planned a full month of elephant themed activities in schools, libraries and around our city this October.

“These elephant births are really a wonderful achievement for the Zoo and as well as playing such an important role in the conservation of this species, will continue to ensure that our city’s Zoo makes news around the world which is a great thing for Dublin.”

Details of the ‘Month of the Elephant’ will be available at www.dublinzoo.ie from 15th September.

Leo Oosterweghel, Director at Dublin Zoo commented, “We are all so excited here at Dublin Zoo.  To have two healthy elephant calves born in such quick succession is wonderful.  We’re really pleased to have such great support from the Lord Mayor, Dublin City Council and The Natural Confectionery Company and we hope that the ‘Month of the Elephant’ allows people learn more about these impressive animals.”

The Natural Confectionery Company will be announcing details of the second naming competition on their Facebook page where another lucky family will get to officially name the new arrival at an event in Dublin Zoo.

Visitors can see Upali, Bernhardine, Asha and Anak and Yasmin with their new calves at the Kaziranga Forest Trail daily. You can also keep an eye on the herd on the elephant webcam at www.dublinzoo.ie. The Zoo will also be keeping the public updated on Anak, Yasmin and their calves with regular #DublinElephants updates on the Dublin Zoo Facebook  www.facebook.com/dublinzoo and Twitter @DublinZoo. Details of the TNCC naming competition can be found on www.facebook.com/thenaturalconfectioneryco

The keeper talk Elephant Encounters’ happens at 12.30pm every day so this is a good time to visit the Kaziranga Forest Trail to learn more about Asian elephants.


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