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New arrival at Abu Camp
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Abu Camp in the Okavanga Delta has announced that Shireni, one of its leading elephants, gave birth to her third surviving calf, a healthy female, at 22h05 on December 17. Measuring approximately 90cm at the shoulder and weighing about 110kg, the new-born stood on her feet within 20 minutes.  The elephant handlers have named her Warona, meaning ‘For Us’ in SeTswana. This new member brings the number of the Abu elephant herd to seven.

Shireni was brought to Abu Camp as part of a group of young elephants saved from a culling operation in the ‘Sirheni’ area of Kruger National Park. The father is believed to be a wild bull or Mthondo, one of several elephants successfully reintroduced from the Abu herd into the elephant paradise of the Okavango Delta. Earlier this year, the camp released Gikawith her eight-year-old calf,Naya; they are adapting well to their natural home, roaming and mingling with wild elephants and another previously released elephant, Nandipa, who now has two calves of her own. A total of nine elephants have been released from the Abu herd, under the full support of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

The birth of Warona ends an exciting year for Abu Camp, which also recently reopened its newly refurbished camp and introduced several new initiatives for its elephant programme. The elephant experience is being supervised by San Diego Zoo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Mike Chase, together with the support of Wild Horizons. The cornerstone of this new initiative involves Elephants Without Borders establishing a field research station in the Abu Concession.


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