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First Look at Precious Newborn Pachyderm at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

by User Not Found | Aug 08, 2013
The newest “princess” at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo -- a oneweek-old African elephant calf -- has been introduced to all four females in the herd and the outdoor elephant savannah. The yet unnamed female calf can be seen on exhibit in the mornings, playing with her sister Mpumi, 7-months-old, and exploring her habitat.

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2013) — The newest “princess” at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo -- a one week-old African elephant calf -- has been introduced to all four females in the herd and the outdoor elephant savannah. The yet unnamed female calf can be seen on exhibit in the mornings, playing with her sister Mpumi, 7-months-old, and exploring her habitat.

The newborn is the first African elephant calf born in 2013 in the population managed by AZA-accredited zoos and wildlife centers in North America, the second born in Tampa from a herd of 11 elephants rescued from culling in Swaziland (Africa) and brought to the U.S. a decade ago, and the third born in the Zoo’s 25-year history.

Tampa’s Zoo is among a group of 41 wildlife institutions accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that manage African elephants. The African Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP) program is designed to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining population that is genetically diverse and demographically stable.

Although international ivory trade has been banned since 1989, poaching elephants throughout Africa is at unprecedented levels and most large herds are trending toward extinction by 2020. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has supported acquiring additional land to increase protected areas for elephants in Africa, anti-poaching programs and public education in Swaziland. Results to date include expansion of the Mkhaya Game Reserve by 10 percent, to promote survival of elephants and thousands of other animals protected there.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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