MARCH 13, 2015
In October 2013, a male Sumatran elephant was born to its mother, Agustin (14 years-old), and its father, Arli (21 years-old). The elephant calf weighed 80 kg and experienced no delay in learning how to feed from its mother shortly after birth.
On December 2, 2013 - not long after the arrival of Agustin and Arli's calf - a female Sumatran elephant was born. She weighed 100 kg at birth and is the daughter of mother Mulyani (25 years-old) and father Melki (22 years-old). Interestingly, Mulyani birthed the male calf's mother, Agustin, at the Ragunan Zoo in 1999; this means that Mulyani became a grandmother and a mother in the same year!
With the birth of these two elephant babies, the Ragunan Zoo's collection of Sumatran elephants has reached a total of 14.
With the birth of these two elephant babies, the Ragunan Zoo's collection of Sumatran elephants has reached a total of 14. These elephants are a subspecies of the Asian elephant and are native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The island's elephant population has declined to threatening levels, with only approximately 2,000 – 2,700 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild based on a 2000 survey. Amongst the many threats experienced by this elephant species, plantations are one: approximately 83% of the Sumatran elephant's habitat has been lost due to the aggressive encroachment of their territory by plantation installment and expansion. Humans pose additional threats to this endangered species, as poaching and even poisoning the animals is still commonplace.
To conserve the species, Jurong Bird Park has been working with the Bali-based Begawan Foundation on a breeding and exchange programme to boost the population and enhance the gene pool of Bali mynahs raised under human care.
In the next few weeks, over 300 feathered residents will be moved into their new homes. Visitors to Jurong Bird Park will soon get to marvel at Asia’s rarest and most exotic birds with the unveiling of the Wings of Asia aviary in late January 2015.