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Birth makes 12 African elephants at Wild Animal Park

March 13, 2009 |  4:38 pm


A birth announcement Friday from the San Diego Zoo's  Wild Animal Park.

A male African elephant, as yet unnamed, was born to Unmgani, brought to the park from Swaziland in 2003. The birth brings the park's African elephant population to 12.

Mother and 220-pound newborn will be watched for a few days before becoming introduced to the rest of the herd. The birth was eagerly awaited by the park's elephant-watchers: an elephant pregnancy lasts 22 months.

--Tony Perry, San Diego

Photo: Umngani and newborn. Credit: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park.

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