Omaha zoo welcomes new elephant calf

Kiki, an 18-year-old African elephant gave birth to the calf at 11:33 a.m. at the zoo.
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Photo courtesy of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium announced the arrival of a new elephant calf on Friday. The calf is the first elephant born at the zoo.

Kiki, an 18-year-old African elephant gave birth to the calf at 11:33 a.m. at the zoo. The Omaha zoo says the calf and mom are doing well. As of right now, the gender and weight of the newborn calf are unknown.

The father, 21-year-old Callee joined Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in 2019.

On Thursday, Animal Care Staff implemented a 24-hour watch for Kiki after noticing a drop in her progesterone levels, which indicated labor would begin soon.

At the moment, the Elephant Family Quarters will remain closed to the public to allow the staff time to observe bonding, maternal behaviors and nursing. Once the Elephant Family Quarters are reopened, visitors will be able to reserve a timed ticket to see the newborn calf.

The Omaha zoo says they’re also awaiting the arrival of a second African elephant calf that is due this winter.

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