Reid Park Zoo Awaits Another Baby Elephant Birth

Published on May 11, 2023

Elephant Semba in her habitat at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo just announced that Semba, the matriarch of the Zoo’s African elephant herd, is pregnant again and expecting the calf in spring 2024.

Semba came from the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park in 2012 for the opening of Expedition Tanzania, Reid Park Zoo’s 7-acre elephant habitat.

She gave birth to Nandi, the first elephant born at Reid Park Zoo, in 2014. Her youngest calf, Penzi, recently turned 3 years old. Mabu, who left Reid Park Zoo in 2022, is the father of all of Semba’s calves.

Elephant gestation is between 22 and 24 months, and Semba is a little more than halfway through her pregnancy. To care for Semba while she’s pregnant, staff is watching Semba’s weight, her vitamin and mineral intake, and checking her blood work regularly. 


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