Rare baby elephant twins born in Kenya
Motherhood is an amazing journey in the animal kingdom, especially for elephants who have an average pregnancy span of 18-22 months! Elephants are huge massive creatures with equally huge hearts and personalities! What they lack in poise and balance they make up for in sweetness. Seeing this sweet elephant squad embracing a rare pair of twin babies.
A pair of extremely rare twin African elephants have been born in Northern Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. The baby elephants were discovered by guides from Elephant Watch Camp, who had been trained by Save the Elephants (STE) — a UK charity based in Kenya — to recognize individual elephants and elephant families in the reserve, STE said in a press release. After being notified by the guides, STE researchers confirmed that there was one female and one male calf.
“Twins are rarely encountered in elephant populations — and form around only 1% of births. Quite often the mothers don’t have enough milk to support two calves. In fact the birth of twins has only ever been recorded once before in Samburu in 2006. Sadly both calves ᴅɪᴇᴅ shortly after birth in Shaba National Reserve,” the STE press release said. “The next few days will be touch and go for the new twins but we all have our fingers crossed for their sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ.”
The twins are the second birth of a female elephant named Bora who is from a family of elephants called Winds II. Breastfed by their mother Bora and guarded by an alert male, rare newborn baby elephant cub that ingested nutrients that conservationists hope will enable them to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ a ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs start to life in a Kenyan safari park.
There are an estimated 36,280 elephants in Kenya, according to the country’s first national wildlife census conducted last year. That figure represented a 12 per cent increase in population numbers recorded in 2014, when ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ for ivory was higher.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said last year that ᴘᴏᴀᴄʜɪɴɢ and habitat destruction, particularly due to land conversion for agriculture, had had a devastating effect on elephant numbers in Africa as a whole.
The population of African savannah elephants plunged by at least 60 per cent in the last half-century, prompting their reclassification as “ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ” in the latest update to the IUCN’s “Red List” of ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴᴇᴅ species.
Please Conservators Step in with Nutrition ( Milk) et Al and help Preserve this Rare Miracle Birth of Twins. Maybe they should be transferred to to a Zoo for proper followup. Thank you.
Please Conservators Step in with Nutrition (Milk) et Al and help Preserve this Rare Miracle Birth of Twins. Maybe they should be transferred to a Zoo for proper followup. Thank you.
Praying Bora will make enough milk – I think nature will see to that. What a wonderful guard the elephant bull is. God bless them all & I hope Bora’s condition will improve – she looks as though last months of pregnancy were taxing. May these precious babies survive and God be with those who guard against poachers.
Beautiful pics, all Elephants will have their hands full taking care of these precious babies.
I have Family in Africa…..
Awe thank you guys for watching over these elephants I really enjoy seeing them alove in the wild instead of a zoo thank you from bottom of my heart
Prayers and love for the mom and the babies that you may have good health and safety, peace, comfort and lots of love and support now and throughout your hopefully long long happy lives!
Will Bora throw out one of the babies if she is unable to produce enough milk and would authorities step in to help in that case or would she just continue to feed both even if neither one is progressing sufficiently?
I am hopeful that you will do everything possible and within your power to ensure the healthy survival of all Elephants and especially these two little twins. Poaching is a despicable and cowardly act, which should be dealt with in the most severe way possible.????
I feel the same way. In zoos they’re not happy just roaming the damned same spot 24/7. In wild you can see how the elephants have their personal lives and behaviors. I dont know why i feel this way i think they drug those poor elephants in zoos Pisses me off. Thats why i dint go to zoos