Name the new Baby elephant, that made it's debut at CNY zoo
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A baby elephant delivered with the help of Cornell veterinarians made its debut at a Syracuse zoo today.
The Asian elephant was born after a 642-day gestation period, weighing 281 pounds and standing 36.1 inches tall, according to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
The baby elephant will be named through a public contest, and the zoo is soliciting different possible names. (More on the contest below.)
“This Asian elephant birth is significant to long-term survival of the species and is one of just a few third-generation Asian elephant calves born in North America. With three generations in our herd, it replicates the typical makeup of a family group in the wild,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox in a statement.
The role of Cornell’s zoological veterinarians in the birth was mentioned in a Facebook post by the vet school on Tuesday. Syracuse.com recently reportedthat a Cornell “theriogenologist (an expert in reproductive medicine)” was on call for the birth of the baby elephant.und - tired, dirty and wet, but finally safe.
A statement adds that the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to a herd of six adult Asian elephants.
“The group includes the calf’s parents, Mali and Doc, in addition to females Targa, Kirina (expecting a calf later this summer), Romani and Siri. Asian elephants are intelligent and extremely social animals. They are also highly endangered: there are fewer in the wild (~35,000) than there are seats in the Carrier Dome (49,250),” the statement adds.
- Name suggestions will be taken for 5 days, May 26-30, on the contest page: rosamondgiffordzoo.org/naming-contest.
- All entries must be received by 4 p.m. on May 30.
- The contest is open to ages 5 and older, with a limit of 1 submission per person.
- Classrooms, scout troops and other community groups are encouraged to enter.
- A committee at the zoo will select the top 5 names from those suggested.
- Top names will be posted on the contest page for voting for 5 days, June 8-12.
- Voting closes at 4 p.m. on June 12.
- The name that receives the highest number of votes will be selected as the winner.
- The winning name will be announced via a media alert and on the zoo’s website and social media platforms on June 16.
- The winner will receive an Asian elephant Adopt an Animal package courtesy of Friends of the Zoo.