Sedgwick County Zoo announces a fifth pregnant elephant

In a press release from the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Last year, Sedgwick County Zoo announced that four of its female elephants are expecting calves in 2025. Today, SCZ is excited to announce that a fifth female is pregnant.

With this news, all of the herd’s females except for Stephanie, who is post-reproductive, are now expecting. Among the expectant mothers, Simunye, mother to Titan, a beloved male elephant at SCZ, brings valuable maternal experience to the upcoming births. Talia, Xolani, Arusi, and Zuberi are all pregnant with their first offspring, adding to the anticipation and joy within the Zoo community. The first birth is expected in early spring 2025.

The dedicated elephant care team at Sedgwick County Zoo prioritizes the wellbeing of the herd throughout their entire lives, and that’s especially true during pregnancy. They provide comprehensive care, including monitoring body condition, hormones, vitamin and mineral intake, and routine bloodwork to ensure optimal health at this crucial time.

These pregnancies hold profound significance for the sustainability of African elephants in North America. With the species facing numerous challenges in the wild, each birth in an AZA-accredited institution plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the future of the species. Sedgwick County Zoo is proud to contribute to the African elephant population in North America, reaffirming its commitment to vital sustainability efforts.

About The Sedgwick County Zoo:
The Sedgwick County Zoo is dedicated to inspiring respect and conservation for wildlife and wild places. Home to nearly 3,000 animals of more than 400 different species, SCZ has been recognized with national and international awards for its support of field conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species. Opened in 1971, it has been ranked among the best zoos in the country and is the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is a not-for-profit organization, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a global leader in wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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