- Title: Rare baby elephant delights Mexican zoo
- Date: 20th July 2017
- Summary: PUEBLA, PUEBLA, MEXICO (JULY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) HERD OF ELEPHANTS IN ZOO ENCLOSURE BABY ELEPHANT IN ENCLOSURE GENERAL VIEW OF HERD WALKING IN ENCLOSURE BABY ELEPHANT WALKING UNDER ADULT ELEPHANTS BABY ELEPHANTS LOCKING THEIR TRUNKS ON EACH OTHERS BABY ELEPHANT RUBBING AGAINST ADULT ELEPHANT'S TRUNK BABY ELEPHANT STANDING AMONGST ADULT ELEPHANTS ZOOKEEPERS BY ELEPHANT ENCLOSURE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GENERAL DIRECTOR OF AFRICAM SAFARI ZOO FRANK CARLOS CAMACHO, SAYING: "It is an achievement not just for the conservation of the African elephant but also in the world, because it requires particular attention and care. It's also a sense of pride for Mexico, this does not happen frequently. Elephants are not often born in captivity and the reproduction of an elephant also puts Mexico on the map in conversation, we are a standing in the elephant world." ELEPHANTS IN ENCLOSURE, BABY ELEPHANT SEEN UNDER TUMMY OF ADULT ELEPHANT VEHICLE PARKED NEAR ELEPHANT ENCLOSURE WITH CHILDREN STICKING THEIR HEADS OUT FROM SUN ROOF TO LOOK AT ELEPHANTS BABY ELEPHANT PLAYING WITH ADULT'S TRUNK AS IT EATS STRAW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GENERAL DIRECTOR OF AFRICAM SAFARI ZOO FRANK CARLOS CAMACHO, SAYING: "This newly-born male elephant has been immediately part of the international conservation programme. The genetic character of this animal is valuable because the elephants are from a desert region and live in very arid regions without water for a long time. And that is the characteristic that has helped the population of the African elephant." BABY ELEPHANT AMONGST LEGS OF ADULT ELEPHANT HERD OF ADULT ELEPHANTS IN ENCLOSURE GENERAL VIEW OF ENCLOSURE ELEPHANTS PLAYING IN TRENCH AREA OF ENCLOSURE BACKS OF ELEPHANTS AS THEY WALK AWAY ZOOKEEPERS ON DUTY PEOPLE GETTING ON ZOO BUS AFRICAM SAFARI ZOO LOGO CARS ON ROAD NEAR ZOO
- Embargoed: 3rd August 2017 17:41
- Keywords: Mexico Africam Safari park elephant breeding programme
- Location: PUEBLA, PUEBLA, MEXICO
- City: PUEBLA, PUEBLA, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QDWITF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A Mexican zoo is celebrating the birth of its first African elephant as part of its breeding programme for the threatened species.
Some five years ago Puebla's Africam Safari zoo rescued nine elephants from Namibia. Its care and attention in providing for the herd of elephants has finally borne fruit, with a 110-kilo (242-pound) boy.
According to zoo officials, the zoo's newest addition is in good health after a two year gestation period. He was born in May but now has the all clear to run around and play in his enclosure.
Conservationists report that Africa's wild elephant population is under threat from poachers, with more than 30,000 killed annually and population declining some 8% year on year.
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