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[Zoonaute archives] Meet “Mpumi,” the One-Month-Old African Elephant Calf at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

le Sam 21 Juin 2014, 16:31

From 8,000 miles away, a family of wildlife conservationists in Swaziland, Africa, has given the Zoo's one-month-old African elephant calf her name. The Reilly family proposed the Swati name “Mpumi” (pronounced letter M-pumi), which is short for “Impumelelo,” meaning success or achievement. The calf's mother, “Mbali,” came to the U.S. from Swaziland in 2003 when her herd was scheduled to be culled (killed) due to park overpopulation.

Mbali and Mpumi can be seen on exhibit at the Zoo until approximately 1 p.m. daily for the near term, weather permitting. In the afternoon, the pair retires to the elephant barn to nap.

Born on Dec. 23, 2012, Mpumi is only the second elephant calf in the Zoo's history (the first birth occurring in 2005). Births in the managed population are few with just three calves born in 2012 among 40 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

In addition to conservation efforts with this species here at home, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has supported acquiring additional land, anti-poaching programs and public education in Swaziland. Results to date include expansion of the Mkhaya Game Reserve by 10 percent, to promote survival of thousands of animals protected there.

© David Parkinson, Zoo docent

About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has been named the No. 1 zoo in America by both Parents magazine (2009) andChild magazine (2004). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours on select nights during special events. Parking is free.

"Si les abeilles disparaissaient, l'homme n'aurait plus que quatre années à vivre"; Albert Einstein

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