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North American Asian Elephant Reproduction

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

  1. Elephantelephant

    Elephantelephant Well-Known Member

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  2. Elephant Enthusiast

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    The Houston Zoo announced that 29 year old 0.1 Shanti is pregnant and expecting in the Spring of 2020. The sire of the expectant calf is 55 year old 1.0 Thailand.
    Houston Zoo Elephant Herd Growing By One | Houston Zoo News Blog

    The publication of Shanti's pregnancy is phenomenal news as only two, publicly known, Asian elephants in North America are expecting in 2020. In addition, the impending birth is very significant for the North American population as only 17 viable calves have been born since 2014. In contrast, 63 viable calves have born in Europe since 2014. Also, the news of Shanti's pregnancy gives hope to the enhancement of reproductive management for Asian elephants in North America as, on average, Shanti has had a calf every three years, which is the ideal interval between the birth of one calf and another.
     
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  3. Hyak_II

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    Ooohhh Houston Zoo, one of the two facilities in NA that's actually doing a good job of managing their elephants. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly, and Joy will have a new little (hopefully) sister to play with soon enough.