At the scenic Amboseli National Park in Kenya, new-born jumbos are stunningly the new attraction in the park.
In the last couple of months, 138 calves have been delivered according to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants director Cynthia Moss.
Moss said that since the beginning of the year, the Trust has found new calves every month.
“So far in 2020, 138 new calves have been recorded and we are expecting even more,” stated moss according to the Star.
Amboseli’s ecosystem is widely known to favour the breeding and existence of the African Bush Elephants. It is in this park where you will find some of the largest jumbos in the country which pass off as friendlier than others in other parks within the country.
“The ability of a female to conceive and carry a calf to term depends greatly on her own physical condition. During drought years females may stop all reproductive cycling and not resume until rainfall improves with resulting vegetation growth,” Moss implored.
An elephant has a gestation period of 660 days – 22 months. Its birth intervals are about four and a half years.
The availability of good pasture for the elephants allow the build-up of fat reserves and more weight which are critical for conception.
The park located in the southern part of Kenya has a huge herd of African bush elephants with long tusks. They roam freely in the morning and evening when the heat is suppressed. During the day, they are at the Ol Okenya Swamp feeding.
Kenya’s largest elephant, Tim who spent all his life in Amboseli died in February 2020, aged 50.
Unlike other male elephants who live alone after reaching sexual maturity, Tim did not shy away from being in the company of female elephants.