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Follow the journey of African elephant Mikki and her new calf.
Get the latest updates. Follow the journey of the Zoo’s herd including Mikki, calf and Asian elephant “aunt” Punch, the matriarch. Find out how you can support the Zoo’s elephants and advocate for the protection of elephants world wide. Participate in the upcoming naming contest. Explore our weekly blog, photo/video gallery, frequently asked questions, conservation information and more!
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As an ambassador for her species, Mikki allows us the privilege of seeing and feeling first-hand, the magnificence of this gentle, intelligent and powerful animal… and to grasp on a visceral level what the loss of this species might mean to us and future generations.
Mikki and calf on their daily stroll. Take a Sunday stroll with them today. Check viewing schedule and vote for your favorite name (Fitz, Rocket or Walt) in the Calf Naming Contest by Norton Children’s Hospital at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki.
You made it through the week, stepping over it into your weekend! Visit your favorite elephant calf. Check viewing schedule and vote for your favorite name (Fitz, Rocket or Walt) in the Calf Naming Contest by Norton Children’s Hospital at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki.
Here they are! The top 3 names for our male elephant calf available for you to vote on now (through Oct. 20) in our Calf Naming Contest presented by @NortonChildrens. To vote: visit the calf and drop some money into the slot representing your favorite name at the naming kiosk by elephant or visit LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki to vote with a suggest donation. #mikkiandcalf#nortonchildrens#wildaboutbabies… See MoreSee Less
Thank you to all who submitted names for the elephant calf naming contest — as you know there were over 15,500 submissions including many likely submitted by children. We know our fans are excited about this adorable elephant calf. Our animal naming contests have historically been a popular way of engaging with fans. A more common tradition at the Zoo is to allow the keepers who first discover the newborn animal or who are responsible for taking care of mom and baby night and day the privilege of naming the animal.
Social media has changed the level of participation and the nature of our naming contests. This time, we received lots of movie names, interesting names googled for their African origin and many, many other creative submissions from pop culture or otherwise. We assume all names may be meaningful in some way to the those submitting them, so we respect your suggestions and only culled names of historical villains, names that have already been given to significant animals at the Zoo, names with possible trademark issues as well as others best avoided. While the elephant care team does not get to pick the final name in this case, they are granted the privilege of looking through all the names and choosing ones that they find meaningful or suitable to the animal’s personality which they know intimately. We respect these choices as it is their privilege, like parents, to select the name of the being they will care for well into the future.
Because we are a family-oriented social channel, we have had to eliminate some inappropriate comments by disgruntled fans. Thanks to so many of you for respecting the children and adults who submitted these names and the keepers who chose them. For those of you who are not fans of the proposed names but love this adorable elephant and support your Zoo, we have added an “I am not voting, just love elephants” donation button on the website as a fourth option. You can also drop change or dollars in each of the voting slots in the kiosk at the Zoo to show your or your children’s love for the elephants. Financial support in any amount is critical to the excellent care of the animals and education mission of your Zoo. We will be grateful for your kindness and generosity as we celebrate the significant birth of this endangered species together as a very excited, extended family. We challenge you to raise the most money in a Zoo voting (or not voting) contest ever, for the love of elephants.
Options at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki.
I am literally so disappointed.. who the voted for these? Poor Baby elephant.
I'm disappointed that not a single traditional African name was chosen as an option for the African elephant.. 😔
These don’t even come close to capturing the calf’s spirit. 🤷🏻♀️
these are the names and their meanings i submitted for the calf. they’re all better than those names 😭😭😭 YES i’m butthurt!! 🤣
Wow these are terrible. He needs a name that will tie him to Louisville like Louie, Slugger or even Tuck (Kentucky).
Good god…those are awful names for a baby elephant…i demand a recount.
Did big donors submit those names? I can't think of any other reason they could've made the cut. They are terrible! 😔
Who's in charge of the top 3?? Such a beautiful baby & you can't even give him a proper name!!
Wow—of all the names out there and that’s what you come up with?
Those are horrible choices for the new baby elephant. I for one will not contribute any money to vote for those names. After reading the comments, I can tell that I am not alone!
Not really liking the top three names. None of them capture his enormous personality. Can we have a do-over?! 🥴🐘
Were these picked out of a hat? Seems very plain for such a miracle born out of conservation efforts.
Who chose these names? It’s hard for me to believe that out of 15,000 these were the best 3.
Everyone knows that little guy should be named Slugger. 🤷🏼♂️
Wow. Unbelievably awful names. All of them. What’s the meaning of any of them?
Um, no. He’s adorable. These names, not so much. I’ll donate money for a re-do.
I do love the name Walt (Disney fan here), but I really did like the name I submitted, Chewe, which means Man of Heart. It's an African name, because he's and African Elephant. 🙂
Dis like all the names!!! Who picked out the names at the zoo? I'm sure if u looked a little harder u would see one name was chose a whole lot!!.
And I submitted Asha – which is the Sanskrit word for hope!
I was hoping the name would be more meaningful. It seems like children picked them. 😢
Sounds like for the right price you can name him any of these three!
If these are the names we have to choose from, I won’t be donating money…unless I get more info on the origins of these names
I am very disappointed in the choices. If I vote…
I put in the name Walt 🥰🥰🥰🥰
Even if it don’t win I’m happy it made it to TOP 3 !!!
We hope you are enjoying this break in the weather! Don’t forget to visit your favorite animal ambassadors including the newest Louisvillian. He and momma Mikki are on exhibit daily 10-12 (subject to change). Please check LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki. Stay tuned for the top three names next week and where you can vote in our Calf Naming contest presented by NNorton Children’s Hospital #Mikkisjourney #mikkiandcalf#nortonchildrens#wildaboutbabies… See MoreSee Less
Today is World Animal Day! What better way to celebrate than to shout out to our newest addition! Elephants are a vulnerable species. Visit 96elephants.org to see how you can help this important species in the remnant wild. Momma Mikki and the calf are on exhibit daily 10-12 (subject to change). Please check LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki. Stay tuned for the top three names next week and where you can vote in our Calf Naming contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital #mikkisjourney#mikkiandcalf#nortonchildrens#wildaboutbabies… See MoreSee Less
You loved this video so much we hit rewind because it is a visual of you racing to get your elephant calf names officially submitted to LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki by midnight tonight in our contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital. See him 10-1 (please check website).
Watch his feet, particularly his right foot working in tandem with his trunk for that banana and …oh, oh …but nope (at 21 seconds). He goes on to attempt a few more times. What shall this resourceful and determined calf be named? You have tomorrow until midnight to get your names officially submitted at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki in our contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital. If you want to see him before you suggest a name he will be on exhibit 10-1 today please check the website (subject to change). #mikkiandcalf#mikkisjourney#nortonchildrens#wildaboutbabies… See MoreSee Less
You may see the calf walking around with his trunk in his mouth from time to time. He is still learning his amazing trunk capabilities and just like a kid learning what his/her arms and hands are capable of the calf is learning this cool tool. When he has his trunk in his mouth he is gathering intel because in doing so his Jacobson’s organ is collecting data and sending info on smells, etc to his brain. So he’s learning the world through his trunk! All mammals except for marine mammals and primates have Jacobson’s organs. The two are on exhibit from 10a- 1p daily now, check the website at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki before your visit as this is subject to change. Suggest a name for him using that same link in our Elephant Naming Contest with Norton Children’s Hospitall. #mikkisjourney#mikkiandcalf… See MoreSee Less
Watch at 1 second and again at 12 seconds when Mikki raises her trunk around her calf, then when she so gently raises her foot for him at 15 seconds. Mikki is a good mom, exhibiting good maternal behavior and is always aware of where her little one is in relation to her, moving gingerly around him while he darts between her legs around the yard. The two are on exhibit from 10a- 1p daily now , check the website at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki before your visit as this is subject to change. Suggest a name for him using that same link in our Elephant Naming Contest with Norton Children’s Hospital. #mikkisjourney#mikkiandcalf… See MoreSee Less
See the elephant calf’s trunk curling around to grasp the grass. We’ve seen him start gathering hay and dirt with it lately. Everyday he learns more about his world, his body and this amazing tool and what it is capable of. Just like a kid learning what his arms and legs do. The two are on exhibit from 10a- 1p daily now , check the website at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki before your visit as this is subject to change. Suggest a name for him using that same link in our Elephant Naming Contest with Norton Children’s Hospital. #mikkisjourney#mikkiandcalf… See MoreSee Less
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