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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.
Watch for Mikki’s fancy footwork at the end. She’s a good mom! Mamma Mikki and calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m. -noon. Subject to change. LouisvilleZoo.org/mikki has most up-to-date viewing schedules. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
The calf is exploring the world with his trunk. Mamma Mikki and calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m.-noon. Subject to change. LouisvilleZoo.org/mikki has most up-to-date viewing schedules. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Going into the weekend like… Running to catch up with mamma Mikki like… Mikki and calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m. – noon. Subject to change. Louisvillezoo.org/mikki has most up-to-date viewing schedules. We think we found your weekend plans! #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
The calf met his ever-growing fan club today. Thank you to those who’ve supported us along this journey. Guests can see mom and calf daily 10 a.m. to noon. As this is still an acclimation period for the calf and Mikki, public viewing times will be limited, varied and subject to change. Zoo guests can visit louisvillezoo.org/mikki to see daily updates for elephant viewing. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
This is the post you’ve been waiting for! Mamma Mikki and calf will make their debut tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in the elephant yard! The two will be on exhibit daily from 10 a.m. to noon for now. As with any acclimation process, the daily exhibit time will be short for now, varied and subject to change based on the needs of the calf and Mikki. louisvillezoo.org/mikki will be updated daily to reflect their exhibit schedule. Thank you so much for your support and patience. #miikkisjourney #mikkiandcalf SHARE AWAY! … See MoreSee Less
A precious moment with mamma Mikki and her calf. The two are still bonding in the barn and spending each morning in the yard before the Zoo opens. We are getting closer! Stay tuned here and our website at louisvillezoo.org/mikki for all things calf including when you can see them for the first time and a naming contest. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Calf time! He seems to be ready for his close up. The two aren’t on exhibit for the public just yet, but he’s spending each morning in the yard with mamma Mikki before the Zoo opens. We are getting closer! Stay tuned here and our website at louisvillezoo.org/mikki for all things calf including when you can see them for the first time and a naming contest. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
The calf is 28 days old today and learning the rhythm and routine of life and his new world. The two aren’t on exhibit for the public just yet, but he’s been spending each morning in the yard with mamma Mikki before the Zoo opens. We are getting closer! Stay tuned here and our website at louisvillezoo.org/mikki for updates on when the two go on exhibit and a naming contest. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
A little bonding; a little playful running; here’s 11 pretty cool seconds for your humpday. As you can see mamma Mikki and calf are bonding off exhibit. Please stay tuned here and our website for when you can visit them in the yard. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney Louisvillezoo.org/mikki. … See MoreSee Less
He’s 17 days old today! Mikki and calf are off exhibit bonding. Stay tuned here and our webpage at Louisvillezoo.org/MIKKI for details on when you can see him. Details on naming contest coming soon so be thinking of your name. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Mamma legs, calf legs! Nursing time! Mikki and calf are off exhibit nursing and bonding, stay tuned here and our webpage at louisvillezoo.org/mikki for details when you can see them. Naming contest coming soon. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Cuteness brought to you by Mikki and calf. Stay tuned here and our webpage louisvillezoo.org/mikki for when you can see them, but for now they are off exhibit bonding. Naming contest coming soon too. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Wait for it! We thought we’d send you off for the weekend with this delightful close up! Mikki and calf continue to bond off exhibit. Stay tuned here and our webpage Louisvillezoo.org/mikki for details about when you can see them! We will be announcing a naming contest soon. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Your moment of cute for the day: trunk play and trying to get some of mamma Mikki’s leftovers. The duo are still bonding off exhibit, stay tuned here and our webpage at Louisvillezoo.org/mikki for when you can see them on exhibit. Naming contest coming soon. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
They are so beautiful the baby is so cute eating Mikki left overs love them so much can't wait to see them
Are both adults females? Was Mikki inseminated?
When will you be wanting to name the baby like in Charlotte NC and I love your zoo l have a couple of names for him Nikki or. Mickey l can't wait to come up there to see him l just loved Scotty thank you
Does he make noises? I want to hear him! 😄
Sarah Spiller Shea Erin Bradford
He gets cuter every day
I know they are not on public exhibit, but do they get to go outside in the evenings or mornings before the zoo is open?
Oh I just want to hug him!!!
Alyssa Meyer Schlimm😍
Look at those sweet babies!! ❤
I don’t see how the keepers get anything done. I’d just sit and watch him! 💙
Aren’t we all like this when waking up from an afternoon nap? Mikki and calf continue to bond off exhibit (and nurse and nap). Stay tuned here and www.louisvillezoo.org/mikki for when you can see the duo on exhibit! #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
The calf is getting more mobile and gaining more control over his trunk. He and mamma Mikki continue to bond off exhibit. Stay tuned here and our webpage at louisvillezoo.org/mikki for details on when you can see the two of them and help us name him! #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
He’s one week old today! Like all newborns, naps are a big part of life! Are you enamored of his little feet like we are? He and mom aren’t on exhibit yet. Stay tuned here and louisvillezoo.org/mikki/. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney #cutefeet … See MoreSee Less
Mikki’s foot next to the calf so you can see how he measures up! Mom and calf are still bonding and not on exhibit yet. Stay tuned here and the zoo’s webpage dedicated to all things Mikki: www.Louisvillezoo.org/mikki. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
And…your elephant calf moment for the day! Please note Mikki and calf are still bonding off exhibit. We will blast it here and our website when the two make their debut. Bookmark www.louisvillezoo.org/mikki for debut info and much more. #Mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Someone has discovered his big beautiful ears the last few days! He and mom aren’t on exhibit yet because they are still bonding. Stay tuned here and www.louisvillezoo.org/mikki for details on when you can see them. #mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney … See MoreSee Less
Hope you had a chance to see Churchill Downs Twin Spires and Louisville Waterfront Park‘s Big Four® Bridge (with a little white blended in) lit green in honor of Mikki’s calf. Starting tonight LG&E and KU building’s usual green light will be in honor of the calf. Green symbolizes this calf’s significant birth as part of the world-wide conservation efforts on behalf of this magnificent and vulnerable species. Thank you to our gracious partners. #MikkiMonday … See MoreSee Less
The calf has arrived! African elephant Mikki successfully gave birth to a male calf last night August 2 at 11:24 p.m. Mikki and calf are doing fine. Special thanks to the dedicated elephant care team for taking such good care of Mikki during pregnancy and birth. We are so thankful to each of you for following her journey through pregnancy and for realizing how significant this calf’s birth is to an endangered population of a magnificent species. For details: louisvillezoo.org/louisville-zoo-welcomes-male-calf #Mikkiandcalf #mikkisjourney #mikkimonday … See MoreSee Less
Watch for the green lights! Don’t worry it isn’t the aliens. To help the Zoo and the community celebrate and announce the birth of elephant Mikki’s calf, the Zoo’s gracious partners at Churchill Downs (Twin Spires) and Louisville Waterfront Park (Big Four® Bridge) will light their iconic structures green. Green will symbolize this calf’s significant birth as part of the world-wide conservation efforts on behalf of this magnificent and vulnerable species. The lights will be up for 2-3 days to celebrate! Share any photos you take of the lights and tag us using #mikkiandcalf, #mikkisjourney and #mikkimonday. Bookmark Louisvillezoo.org/mikki for all the updates. We are getting closer. … See MoreSee Less
Mikki is lactating! Please note, she is not in labor yet. Staff have been able to express milk from her mammary glands in a regular check up. We are getting closer. We wait, but not idly. We continue our 24-hour monitoring and the daily blood draw to track her progesterone level and, of course, there are her daily walks. #MikkiMonday … See MoreSee Less
Yayyyy. Will y’all post when she goes into labor. I want to be there with her. I know it sounds crazy but I love elephants
Jason Ballard Tiffany Anderson baby elephant
Lyndsey Conner Excited that I might be back for this! ❤️
She is so pretty!
Jessa D. Hill
Can’t wait to see this little one nurse. ❤️
I’m praying for you Mikki! I check on you everyday!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
I was just wondering how she was doing. Can't wait for the new baby.
Cera Blackburn 🥰
Eeee! Getting excited!!!
Someone drew the short straw for that job.
Blood every day ugh 😑
Love the update
Spoke to a keeper that said they were monitoring hormone levels that were way higher than they needed to be for her to go into labor within a 24 hour time frame. I wonder how those numbers are looking now.
We're all waiting on you Mikki. Let's get this "little" baby birthed !!!
Good luck Mikki! Sending love your way mama. ❤❤🐘🐘🐘
Is this the Mama elephant that lost her baby a few years ago?
It won't be long now l can't wait good luck mama looking forward to seeing the little one love you Mikki
Take care of sweet Mikki, We’ll be waiting for news💗
Sending our love to our sweet girl Mikki. We love you and wish u the best. To the zoo crew and all the doctors. Take care of our girl. Which we know u will. Take care of each other. Can't wait for this lite life to get here. ♥️
Is she in Labor and when she does go can we be there to see. I love elephants!!! Mikki has been my favorite animal at the zoo forever
Well, she sure packs light…LOL
Good luck Mikki!!!
Prayers for a successful delivery. Please keep us updated. We love her so much ❤️
Is there an elephant cam that we can watch?
She'a gonna have her babeh!!!!! Yay!!!
How many people does it take to help birth a new baby elephant?
Take care of our girl Mikki. Hope all goes well! Keep the public posted.
Waiting on pins & needies!!!! Know everthing wull go well!!! 💘 💘 love you Mikki & your little one!!!!💚💜💚💜🐘🐘🐘🐘
Will you be doing a live feed covering it?
My 5 yr old is so excited for Mikki to have her baby. We are from out of state and visited the first week of June and my 5 yr old keeps asking if she had her baby yet. We will be back the first week of Aug, our first stop will be the Louisville Zoo to see Mikki and her new baby.
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