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North American Asian Elephant Reproduction

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Elephant Enthusiast, 7 Dec 2017.

  1. SharkFinatic

    SharkFinatic Well-Known Member

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    Well, that depends on if Columbus has a history with EEHV. Anyone know if they do?
     
  2. Milwaukee Man

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    The only elephant death caused by EEHV was Ganesh, a young male from Cincinnati, in 2005. Haven't heard anything in Columbus since then.
     
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    Eh, its present in their animals, who knows if an animal will have a flair up while the calf is at the vulnerable stage, though, or even if an animal is shedding, if the calf will catch it. For instance, when Ganesh contracted the virus, their young calf Bodhi was just shy of a year and a half old and was unaffected, and is still alive today.

    Rudy, Sundara and Hank are all Ringling animals, which is an EEHV positive herd. Moreover, since they had an animal die of it in '05, when they had Phoebe and Connie already, its very likely they are both carriers as well (it can move about rather freely with adult animals, since they generally don't suffer in any major way from the virus).
     
  4. Elephant Enthusiast

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    It's with great sadness that the 20 day old female calf passed away on December 26, 2018 at the Columbus Zoo.
    Columbus Zoo Heartbroken After Sudden Death of Elephant Calf

    This is an absolutely devastating blow to the North American population of Asian elephants and the Columbus Zoo as the calf was a significant member of the Columbus Zoo's elephant herd, it's been nearly ten years since the Columbus Zoo has produced a calf, the calf was conceived through artificial insemination, and the birth of elephant calves are becoming rare in North American institutions.
     
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    I hope I didn't create a prophecy that came true due to that earlier post I wrote. If so I'm so sorry! :eek::( I hope that the zoo finds out the culprit behind her death!
     
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    Just found out from this article that the calf was named Ellie and passed from a bacterial infection, not EEHV like most others. The name probably wasn't the best choice. Remember what happened in Disney's "UP". Yeah, not a good choice for a name.....
     
  7. Elephant Enthusiast

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    Twenty-one year old 0.1 Mali gave birth to a male calf on January 15, 2019 at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The sire is Twenty-one year old 1.0 Doc (Rosamond Gifford Zoo).
    Newest addition announced at Rosamond Gifford Zoo | WSTM

    This is Mali's third calf (third viable calf) and Doc's fourth calf (third viable calf) but only their second calf together.

    Congratulations to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo for another successful birth. Here's hoping that Twenty-three 0.1 Kirina is also pregnant and expecting in 2019.
     
  8. SharkFinatic

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    Who are Doc and Mali's other calves?
     
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    0.0 Name Date of Birth (Current Location) Mother/Father (Mother's/Father's Current Location)

    Doc's Offspring:
    1.0 Barack 2009-01-19 (Center for Elephant Conservation) 0.1 Bonnie (Center for Elephant Conservation)
    1.0 Batu 2015-05-12 (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) 0.1 Mali (Rosamond Gifford Zoo)
    0.0 Stillborn 2015-07-24 (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) 0.1 Kirina (Rosamond Gifford Zoo)

    Mali's Offspring:
    1.0 Chuck 2008-07-15 (Denver Zoo) 1.0 Rex (Oklahoma City Zoo)
    1.0 Batu 2015-05-12 (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) 1.0 Doc (Rosamond Gifford Zoo)


    I've been pondering this question for quite a while: Does anyone know the gender of Kirina's stillborn calf?
     
  10. SharkFinatic

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    I'm just wondering if it's wise to breed Kirina again after her last baby was stillborn. Who's to say it won't happen again?
     
  11. Elephant Enthusiast

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    That was Kirina's first calf so the chances of her delivering a stillborn calf were significantly greater. Many first time elephant mothers loss their first calf. Fortunately, the odds of delivering a viable calf are much greater once a mother has reproduced.

    Despite the death of her first calf, Kirina should continue to breed as she's of prime breeding age, she's genetically valuable to the population, and she's important to the reproduction of Asian elephants in North America. Excluding her from breeding would have dire consequences on her fertility and inhibit Kirina from growing her own matriarchal herd.
     
  12. SharkFinatic

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    Objection withdrawn then.
     
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    0.1 Natasha gave birth to a female calf named Sunita on November 14, 2018 at the African Lion Safari. The sire is 1.0 Johnson (African Lion Safari).
    Baby Asian Elephant | African Lion Safari - Cambridge Ontario

    This is Natasha's fifth calf (fifth viable calf) and Johnson's seventh calf (seventh viable calf) but only their third calf togther.

    Congratulations to the African Lion Safari on their 21st elephant calf born at the facility since 1991 and for another successful birth.
     
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    It seems that the Asian elephant population here isn't gonna survive that long unless we get more. I think captive elephants from India and Thailand will be best as they're so many out of work.
     
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    But then all the Animal rights activists would be all over that and accuse us of stripping elephants from their natural habitat.
     
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    Well that already happened twice with the recent transfers from Eswatini and so far, nothing happened outside of a few petitions and protests.
     
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    I read somewhere that he was a male.
     
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    Elephant Cow Chendra in Oregon Zoo is pregnant !!!!!!!!!!
    Oregon Zoo announces Chendra the elephant is pregnant, waits for definitive TB diagnosis
    This is a huge success !!!!! At the age of 26 he is almost out of reproduction. Plus, he's the only Borneo elephant in the USA!!! I wonder what the activists say.;) They continually struggle to place Chendra in the sanctuary because they abuse it and live in terrible conditions.:D And she gets pregnant for the first time in 26 years! And it still has a handicap after an injury in the wild. At last they might be silent and realize that they could forgive their slander and blame.:mad: This is why the Oregon Zoo has proven that what activists say is false information. Congratulations to Oregon Zoo !!!:)
     
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    The year 2019 is over. In total, only one bull calf was born in the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Rani in Saint Louis is pregnant. It is not enough because there are many more breeding cows in North America. Here I write about them specifically:
    Lilly, Natasha, Opal and Emily in African Lion safari- all have small calves, an unrelated bull should be obtained for Emily
    Many breeding cows in Ringling - for unknown reasons the breeding stopped here
    Maharani in Washington- still hopes to get pregnant
    Moola in Dickerson Park zoo- she had not had a calf for more than 10 years, unlikely to become pregnant
    Jade, Maliha and Rani (pregnant) in Saint Louis- the zoo should replace the bull to allow them to breed
    Rozie in Albuquerque bioparc- she have small calf
    Targa in Rosamond Gifford zoo- she had not had a calf for more than 10 years, unlikely to become pregnant
    Kirina in Rosamond Gifford zoo- should get pregnant
    Mali in Rosamond Gifford zoo- she had calf in 2019
    Phoebe, Rudy and Sunny in Columbus- should get pregnant, Hank does not seem interested
    Asha and Chandra in Oklahoma City- Asha had calf in 2018, Chandra still not have calf
    Rose-Tu and Chendra in Oregon- Rose- Tu should get pregnant, Chendra have an abortion, not sure if she gets pregnant
    Blue Bonnet in Fort Worth- they are afraid of bulls, only by AI
    Shanti and Tess in Houston - they have small calves
    Tupelo in Houston- she can't get pregnant, she misses a bull
     
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    I don't know how this post slipped my mind until now. Thank you @Elephantelephant! Do you recall where you read that Kirina's stillborn calf was a male?