OMAHA, Neb. (KPTM) — A new baby elephant will be making an appearance in March 2023, according to President and CEO of the zoo Dennis Pate in a press conference Wednesday morning.
The African elephant Lolli will be joining both Claire and Kiki as a first-time mom.
She is due to give birth in March 2023.
So far, her pregnancy has been "textbook" said Associate Veterinarian and Board Certified Specialist in Zoological Medicine Dr. Laura Kleinschmidt.
On average, there are 2.4 African calves born in the U.S. every year, and approximately four die due to old age and such, said Pate.
This new pregnancy would make the Henry Doorly Zoo home to not one, not two, but three calves.
Callee, the father of both Eugenia and Sonny who were born earlier this year is the father of this calf as well. He has been a great breeder, said Pate.
Eugenia and Sonny are both doing well. Sonny is "a little tank" said Dr. Kleinschmidt as he is gaining weight at the proper rate.
Eugenia is a little slower at gaining weight which is normal with females.
The two calves have started to get to know one another, it will be any day now before they are playing with each other regularly.
Currently, Sonny and his mother Claire have been separated from most of the heard because Lolli was showing signs of aggression towards Sonny, said Elephant Manager Sarah Armstrong.
This is "normal adolescent behavior," Armstrong stated.
To see the elephants in action and other news about them, watch the video here.