The Zoo’s first-ever elephant calf, Mali, celebrated her fourth birthday today with a cake and a play in the pool.
Mali was first to sample the banana cake, decorated with shredded coconut and dates, but mother Dokkoon joined in to help finish it off. Her baby brother took a look, but at only five weeks old he is still on a fluid diet of Dokkoon’s milk.
Later on Mali and the other females in the herd all joined in a pool paddle, along with her baby brother.
In addition to being the Zoo’s first calf, Mali was also the first female of her species ever born in Australia. From a birthweight of 111kg, Mali is currently weighing in at 1,390kg, and she is now enjoying the company of a baby brother.
The party was also an opportunity to announce the naming competition for the new calf born on December 8th, which will run until January 29th and be open to all 151,000 Zoo Members.
The prize will be a wonderful Windsor Hotel overnight stay for a family of four, in the spacious Grand Victorian Suite, including the Windsor’s fabulous traditional afternoon tea.
The Windsor Hotel opened in 1883, the year that the Zoo’s first-ever elephant arrived from India, making an elephant birth in 2013 an ideal opportunity for the two Melbourne landmarks to partner in the competition to name the baby.
Together we can improve animal care, reduce threatening processes and save endangered species.
Asian Elephants in the wild have been poached for their tusks and populations have dwindled. Melbourne Zoo has been successful in breeding two calves in recent years. You can help us fight extinction by adopting the Asian Elephant.