'Rozie has been an excellent mom and the new calf will be an important addition to our elephant family' - elephant manager Rhonda Saiers
BioPark Elephant Expecting in About a Year
Irene, the Other Elephant, Celebrates 50th Birthday
BY ABQ FREE PRESS STAFF
Rozie the Asian elephant at the ABQ BioPark is pregnant. This is Rozie’s third pregnancy, including 3-year-old Jazmine, who also calls the ABQ BioPark home.
“We are thrilled to be adding another member to our multi-generational elephant herd,” said Saiers. “Rozie has been an excellent mom and the new calf will be an important addition to our elephant family.”
Asian elephants have a gestation period of 18-22 months and Rozie’s expected due date is between mid-March and mid-June 2018.
The BioPark is designated as an Elephant Breeding Facility by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Elephant Species Survival Plan.
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This birthday is special because Irene’s prognosis was grim upon arriving at the BioPark 20 years ago. Although she was 30 years old, she moved and looked like a much older elephant and it was believed that a continued decline in mobility would lead to a short life span. She had never been a member of herd and was suspicious of anything new.
Today Irene is a different elephant who is doing extremely well for her age.
“She is one of the first elephants new trainers learn to work with,” said ABQ BioPark Elephant Manager Rhonda Saiers. “She is a productive member of a beautiful herd and makes 50 look amazing.”
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