Mikki and calf made their public debut today!
It was a proud moment for the Zoo to be able to invite families in our community to see Mikki and her new calf. It has been a long wait for Mikki, for us and for our Zoo guests. Five years of planning and dedication created an opportunity for Mikki to once again experience pregnancy, successful birthing and raising of this important calf.
After a full month of bonding indoors and spending recent early mornings in the outdoor yard, Mikki and calf were ready to spend more time outdoors. They 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, varied and subject to change based on the needs of the calf and Mikki. You can find the latest viewing updates here.
Punch, the Zoo’s Asian elephant and matriarch of the herd, will be on a rotational schedule with Mikki and calf while the herd’s acclimation process continues. Although Punch and the calf have observed and smelled one another from adjacent stalls, they have not been together in shared spaces. As with any new animal, the Zoo staff will observe the elephants’ behaviors closely to determine when they are ready for each new step.
Stay tuned! We plan to launch a naming contest on September 16. Keep checking back at LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki for more details.
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968.)