Reid Park Zoo announced on their website that 24-year-old female African elephant “Semba” is eating for two:
Semba was observed breeding with the Zoo’s bull, “Mabu,” in October of last year, and Zoo staff have been anxious to find out whether the breeding was successful. It was!
I wonder what kind of weird cravings Semba will have this time:
Elephants have a long gestation period—23-24 months, and Semba is expected to give birth between late June and August of 2014. In the meantime Reid Park Zoo Staff will be working with fellow experts at San Diego Zoo Global and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Elephant Taxon Advisory Group to monitor Semba and provide the best pre-natal care possible.
I'd like to personally congratulate the Reid Park Zoo, Semba and family. The is great timing because the 2 1/2-year-old male “Sundzu” is losing his cute baby charm and we hardly see the 24-year old female “Lungile." Cue all the crazy comments asking why taxpayer dollars are going to cover Semba's pregnancy and how she's going to "elephant-hell" for having this baby out of wedlock, again.