Month-Old Baby Elephant is Learning to Use Her Trunk

Mapenzi, the baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo, is now a month old and getting familiar with her trunk. An elephant’s trunk has about 40,000 muscles and is both a nose and upper lip. Elephant calves’ trunks may seem more floppy or awkward while they strengthen those muscles and learn how to use them properly.

As an elephant grows, their trunks become strong enough to push down trees and nimble enough to pick up single pieces of grass. For the best chance to see Mapenzi on camera while the Zoo is closed, start viewing before 11 a.m.