Baby Elephant at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Elephant Calf Facts

  • Elephants have the longest pregnancy of all mammals with a gestation of 22 months

  • When born the calf weighed about about 130kg's
  • Immediately after birth, the calf is helped by its mother and other females to stand on their feet
  • Calves can't see very well at first, but they can recognize their mother by touch, scent, and sound
  • The calf will drink up to 12 litres of milk each day. At about four months old, they also begin eating some plants, but still need as much milk from their mother

  • At first, baby elephants don't really know what to do with their trunks. They swing them to and fro and sometimes even step on them
  • Female elephants help look after each others calves. Babysitting other female's calves is important for an elephants development