A Historic Moment: West Midlands Safari Park Welcomes Its First Baby Elephant

For the first time in its 41-year existence, West Midlands Safari Park is rejoicing over the birth of its first baby elephant.

This monumental event has ushered in a wave of happiness and celebration among the staff and visitors of the park.

The unnamed male calf is the first baby elephant born at West Midland Safari Park in its 41-year history.

The newborn male elephant, born just last week, tipped the scales at a healthy 221lb at birth. The little giant arrived at the park at 5.30 pm on a Monday, marking a memorable day in the park’s history.

This remarkable birth culminated in a 22-month pregnancy for his mother, Five. Interestingly, Five’s pregnancy was not a natural occurrence; it was the result of artificial insemination.

The semen used was retrieved from an elephant in a South African reserve, frozen, and stored in a French laboratory before it was used for Five’s insemination.

Pictured with his mother, Five, who went through a 22-month pregnancy.

In a noteworthy accomplishment, the unnamed male calf is only the second to be born using this unique method. The first was a female elephant born last year at Vienna Zoo.

This groundbreaking technique was a brainchild of a dedicated team from Berlin’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. They have been closely collaborating with West Midlands Safari Park in their endeavors.

Andy Plumb, who heads the elephant care team at the park, has been looking after Five since she arrived in 1998. Expressing his delight, he said, “This is truly incredible news. The newborn is an absolute delight, just like his mother. Both are doing well.”

The baby African elephant was born at 5.30 pm on Monday, May 5, and weighed 221lb.

He also shared that Five was healthy throughout her pregnancy. Only in the final weeks before giving birth did she appear to be more dependent on the staff than usual. Five’s delivery went smoothly, and she is smitten with her new offspring.

Plumb expressed joy by saying, “We are all overjoyed that both mother and calf are faring well.”

Five has been a West Midlands Safari Park resident since she was six. Orphaned when her mother was shot, she was raised by hand in a private elephant orphanage near Pretoria, South Africa, before making the park in Bewdley, Worcestershire, her home.

The calf, who is yet to be named, strolls with his mother, Five, around the West Midland Safari Park.
He is only the second elephant in the world to be born using the technique of artificial insemination.

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FAQ about elephants

How much does an elephant weigh?

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Elephants, the largest land animals, vary in weight by species and age. African elephants can weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds (2,268 to 6,350 kilograms), with males generally heavier than females. Asian elephants are smaller, with males weighing 4,500 to 11,000 pounds (2,041 to 4,990 kilograms) and females between 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,361 to 2,722 kilograms).

How long are elephants pregnant?

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Elephants have one of the longest gestation periods among mammals, lasting between 18 to 22 months. African elephants typically have a gestation period of about 22 months, while Asian elephants are pregnant for about 18 to 22 months. This lengthy pregnancy allows the calf to develop fully, ensuring it is relatively mature and can walk soon after birth.

How long do elephants live?

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Elephants are known for their long lifespans. In the wild, African elephants typically live between 60 to 70 years, while Asian elephants have a lifespan of about 48 to 60 years. In captivity, elephants may live longer due to regular veterinary care and the absence of predators, although their longevity can vary based on living conditions.

What do elephants eat?

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Elephants are herbivores and primarily eat plant-based foods. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, bark, fruits, and roots. African elephants tend to consume more grass, while Asian elephants eat more woody plants. An adult elephant can eat up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food each day.

Where do elephants live?

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Elephants live in various habitats across Africa and Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, African elephants inhabit savannas, forests, deserts, and marshes, including countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa. Asian elephants are found in forests, grasslands, and scrublands across 13 South and Southeast Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia. Their habitats range from dense tropical forests to open grasslands, depending on the availability of food and water.

Are elephants afraid of mice?

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The idea that elephants are afraid of mice is a popular myth with no scientific backing. Elephants have poor eyesight, making it unlikely they would even notice a small mouse. Any reactions to sudden movements are more likely due to surprise rather than fear of the mouse. Elephants are primarily concerned with larger threats, such as predators or humans.

Are elephants endangered?

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Elephants are considered endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists African elephants as vulnerable, while forest elephants, a subspecies, are critically endangered. Asian elephants are classified as endangered. Major threats include habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching for ivory.

Do female elephants have tusks?

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In African elephants, both males and females typically have tusks. In contrast, in Asian elephants, only some males have tusks, while females usually do not. Female Asian elephants may have small tusk-like structures called tushes, often not visible outside the mouth.