Introducing Nandi!

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The entire community was invited to participate in a naming poll to choose the name for the new baby elephant, and we’re pleased to announce the winning name: Nandi (Nahn-dee), which is a common siSwati name for girls and means “sweet” or “fun” in the Zulu language. You can read more about the naming process, and… read more

Visit The Elephant Baby Info Page!

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Questions about the new elephant baby? Curious what she’s been up to? We update this page frequently–check it out!

Update on Elephant Pregnancy

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Click here to watch the latest episode of Zoo News, produced by Tucson 12 – The City Channel, featuring female elephant “Semba” who is expected to give birth next summer!

Elephant “Semba” is Expecting!

Mabu and Semba with trunks intertwined

The Zoo recently received the results of a urinary hormone test confirming that 24-year-old female African elephant “Semba” is pregnant.  Semba was observed breeding with the Zoo’s bull, “Mabu,” in October of last year, and Zoo staff have been anxious to find out whether the breeding was successful.  It was! Elephants have a long gestation… read more

A Visit With Shaba

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2-27-13: From Elephant Supervisor, Sue Tygielski Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues.  It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants.  I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more

Elephant “Shaba” Update 2-27-13

From Zoo Elephant Manager Sue Tygielski: Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues.  It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants.  I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more