African elephant born at San Diego Zoo
An African elephant was born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, it was announced Wednesday.
The baby elephant, which has yet to be named, was born about 8:30 p.m. Monday to first-time mother “Swazi,” San Diego Zoo officials said.
“Mom and baby are doing well,” according to a zoo statement.
It’s the second African elephant to be born at the park this year. The first was born on Valentine’s Day. Another elephant is due in the late spring, according to the zoo.
The herd of African elephants at the zoo were brought to the Wild Animal Park in 2003 from Swaziland, where they were to be culled due to overpopulation.
The gestation period of an African elephant is 22 months, and the average calf weighs between 250 and 300 pounds.