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Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo got their first look at the newest resident of the elephant exhibit.

Priya, the Asian Elephant calf, made her debut today. A zoo spokesperson says the crowd was excited and they hope to harness that energy to help protect the endangered animal--poaching kills about 80 African elephants a day.

You can take a look at Priya for the rest of this week, she will be on display from 10-noon and 2PM -4PM on Thursday and Friday.

 

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   There's a brand new baby in town and she needs a name!  The St. Louis Zoo welcomed the bouncing 251 pound female elephant Friday night.  

   42 year-old Ellie, an Asian elephant, gave birth to a baby girl around 11 p.m.  Raja, who fathered the calf, was the first elephant ever born at the St. Louis Zoo 20 years ago. 

    Starting today, you can cast your vote in the Saint Louis Zoo’s Name the Baby poll. The Zoo’s elephant care team was asked to select a few potential female names for the elephant. From now through midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013, you can vote for your favorite name online.

      The Zoo’s elephant care team was asked to select a few potential female names for the elephant. From now through midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013, you can vote for your favorite name:

Cai (Pronounced “Ki”, rhymes with “Hi”) – means feminine

Violet

Willow

Harper

Priya (Pronounced “Pree-yah”) – means dear, beloved

     Visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, www.twitter.com/stlzoo and www.pinterest.com/stlzoo. You may also vote in person at both Zoo Welcome Desks or by mailing a “Vote for the Baby Elephant Name” postcard with your name, address and your desired elephant name to Name the Baby Elephant, Saint Louis Zoo, #1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110. 

     The winning name will be announced on Monday, May 6, 2013.

    The zoo's curator of mammals says both Ellie and baby are doing fine.  

 

Published in Around Town
Monday, 29 April 2013 06:31

Baby elephant born at St. Louis Zoo

There is a new member of the Saint Louis Zoo!

42-year-old Ellie the Elephant gave birth to a baby girl around 11:00 PM Friday. Zoo officials say both mom and baby are doing well.

This is Ellie's third daughter and the fourth for Raja, the calf's father. Raja was the first elephant born at the zoo.

Zoo officials are expected to release more information about the new addition sometime Saturday.

Published in Around Town
Saturday, 27 April 2013 08:24

Baby elephant born at St. Louis Zoo

There is a new member of the Saint Louis Zoo!

42-year-old Ellie the Elephant gave birth to a baby girl around 11:00 PM Friday. Zoo officials say both mom and baby are doing well.

This is Ellie's third daughter and the fourth for Raja, the calf's father. Raja was the first elephant born at the zoo.

Zoo officials are expected to release more information about the new addition sometime Saturday.

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