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Wildlife Wednesdays: Baby Elephant Joins Herd on Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 7th, 2011 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


Baby Elephant Joins Herd on Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

At less than two weeks old, our new baby elephant, Jabali, already is being introduced to the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This is great news for our guests who might catch a glimpse of him when they experience the Kilimanjaro Safaris, and a great accomplishment for both our animal care team and our elephants.

When our first baby elephant, Tufani, was born in 2003, he spent several months in his backstage home with his mom before joining the herd on the savanna. The animal care team had much work to do introducing him to the rest of the herd. After all, he was the very first baby for the group.

Jabali is our sixth baby elephant born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so now introductions are much easier. Our elephant team members explain that highly intelligent animals like elephants learn a lot from experience and each other (with great care and training from the team too, of course). So, for example, when Jabali was being introduced to the herd’s matriarch Rafiki, if you could read the bubble over her head, it might say, “I know exactly what you are—and welcome to the family!”

Facts about our elephants:

  • Our elephant herd has 12 members.
  • Six baby elephants (Tufani, Kianga, Nadirah, Tsavo, Luna and Jabali) have been born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom is part of a breeding program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums www.AZA.org that is focused on sustaining the elephant population in North America.
  • The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the Disney Foundation have directed over $1 million to projects in 20 countries to help protect and conserve elephants in the wild.
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13 Comments

1

Vickie on September 7th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I saw the baby today!

2

Joyce on September 7th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

What a beautiful baby! I can’t wait to see him!

3

Susan on September 7th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

We are coming to WDW Resort the end of September for our 10th anniversary – and bringing our kids (ages 6 & 8) for their first ever visit – so this is exciting to look for when we go on our Safari at Animal kingdom!!!

4

Carol from ON on September 7th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I can’t wait to see him in Oct!!!

5

Paige from CT on September 7th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Welcome to the world Jabali! Hope to see you and mom on our trip at the end of November!!

6

Amber from NC on September 7th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I can’t wait to see him in 2 weeks :)

7

Jennifer on September 7th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Looking forward to seeing the new baby at Christmas!

8

Barbara on September 7th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

What a beautiful baby :)

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Emily on September 7th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

We can’t wait to meet the newest member! We will be there in 8 days, can’t wait to say “Welcome to the World little man!”

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Rhonda on September 7th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Just came from there! Wish we could have seen him but we did get to see two other babies on our safari. Awesome experience!

11

Alyson on September 8th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

He is too adorable!! I will be there in 3 weeks and I hope to see him on both the KS and my WAT!

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Courtney from ON on September 8th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Can’t wait to see baby Jabali in December :)

13

Robin from TX on September 12th, 2011 at 9:42 am

I’ve never seen a baby elephant in the flesh, mine or their’s, so I am looking forward to this!

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