MEXICO CITY – Administrators at the African Safari wildlife center in the central Mexican state of Puebla announced Wednesday that one of their African elephants gave birth to a male calf.
The calf was born May 16 after a 24-month gestation period, park director Frank Carlos Camacho said during an event to introduce the newest member of the herd.
Still dependent on his mother’s milk, the calf is putting on weight at a rate of 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.) a day, Camacho said.
Eight African elephants from Namibia arrived at the center five years ago and have remained under the care and supervision of specialists, the director said.
The calf has been incorporated into the herd without any friction, he said.
African elephants are classified as vulnerable, with roughly 33,000 killed every year by poachers, and the species population has decreased by more than 90 percent since the start of the 20th century, Camacho said.