Happy news about animals
A female African elephant calf born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park late this summer has been named Phakamile, which means “noble” in the African language of siSwati, zoo officials announced Monday.
The calf was born Sept. 19 to 17-year-old Umoya, becoming the third pachyderm born at the Wild Animal Park over the previous 12 months.
Park officials said the young elephant is doing well, learning her way around the African elephant yard and staying close to her mom.
Umoya, which means “spirit” in siSwati, was part of a herd rescued from culling at a Swaziland national park and brought to the 1,800-acre Wild Animal Park in 2003.