Omaha Zoo reveals name of newborn elephant

OMAHA, Neb. (KCAU) – A male baby elephant born Jan. 30 at an Omaha zoo now has a name.

According to a statement from the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the baby elephant’s name is Sonny.

Sonny was named after a donor who won naming rights at the zoo’s fundraiser, Zoofari 2021 and is the second African elephant born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. He was born to his mother Claire, 13, and his father Callee, 21.

Mom and baby are doing well, but Sonny has yet to step on a scale to take his weight, according to zoo officials.

The first elephant, Eugenia, was born on January 7 and the first baby elephant in Africa to be born in the zoo’s 127-year history. Kiki, 18, is her mother and Callee, 21, is her father. Zoo officials said Eugenia was nursing, growing and weighing 187 pounds as of January 27.

“All of us at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha are beyond thrilled to welcome two healthy African elephant calves in January. What a way to start 2022!” said Dennis Pate, President and CEO. from the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha.

“With the elephant population dwindling, Eugenia and Sonny represent a new generation of opportunity for an African elephant population that desperately needs growth,” Pate said. “These are essential parts of a much larger plan for population sustainability and species conservation, much like the work of accredited zoos like Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.”

The Elephant Family Quarters, where the two calves live with their herd, is currently closed to the public to allow animal care staff to observe the herd. There are a total of eight elephants in the herd, including Eugenia and Sonny.

Visitors will have the option to book a timed ticket to see the two baby elephants with the herd in the elephant family quarters once the area reopens.

Updates on African elephants and timed ticketing will be provided via media alerts and the zoo’s social media pages as additional information becomes available.

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