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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes New Baby Elephant

Scott Terrell

by , DVM, DACVP, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

The holidays are a time to celebrate the heartwarming moments in life, and we’re extra thankful this year because for the first time in seven years, an African elephant calf was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  

African elephant calf Corra born at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

The beautiful baby elephant is backstage bonding with mom Nadirah, and she is already bringing plenty of joy to our animal care team this holiday season. And at just 218 pounds, she is absolutely adorable! African elephant births like these are carefully planned through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. This program helps ensure the responsible breeding of endangered animals in managed care. 

This is Nadirah’s first calf, making this birth extra special because Nadirah herself was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2005, making her the first second-generation calf. Since this is Nadirah’s first birth, her sister Luna was there to guide and comfort her throughout the process. The calf will soon get to meet her grandma, Donna, and her other aunt, Stella, too. It’s common for adult females in the herd to assist in raising young elephants until they are considered to be independent, typically around 8 years old. Meaning, these family bonds will only grow stronger as the calf gets older. 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes New Baby Elephant Corra

Nadirah became pregnant through natural breeding in early 2022, and she’s received special care from our animal care team for the entirety of her nearly 22-month pregnancy. It takes a team of dedicated cast members to care for a pregnant elephant and eventually, her newborn calf.  

Under the expert care of animal keepers, our veterinary team and scientists, mother and baby will undergo continued post-natal exams and spend several days bonding before they are ready to join the rest of the herd. During this bonding period, the elephant team is watching for the pair to share key moments like successful nursing and weight gain.

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From animal keepers who carefully observed the expecting mom to endocrinologists who monitored hormone patterns and veterinarians who helped manage the overall health of the calf, we’ll be sharing all the major milestones that led up to the birth and beyond. Check back on the Disney Parks Blog for updates and sweet behind-the-scenes moments with mom Nadirah and her newborn baby girl named Corra!

Comments

  • We have been going to the Park since it opened decades ago.

  • What a sweet little angel. Such a blessing.

  • Congratulations!! We remember when Nadirah was born. How exciting ❤️🐘

  • So adorable! Just 218 pounds, that made me laugh out loud. Having a 218 lb baby after being pregnant for 22 month, Nadirah is a superhero!

  • Thanks for announcing. We love following the animals and Animal Kingdom. Welcome to Cora! Thanks to all of the park staff. Hope to see her on the Safari sometime soon.

  • Welcome, Corra! I hope that you’re like Jabali was and are ready to go onstage soon.