Asha an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Dublin Zoo

Asha
ID Number:EEP Number: 200705 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 13 years old
Management:Protected contact
Location:Dublin Zoo
ArrivalDublin Zoo 2007-05-07
Born:* 2007-05-07 captive-born
in Dublin Zoo
Birth weight (kgs and pounds): 80.00 kgs, 176.00 lbs
Parents: Alexander x Bernhardine (Bernhardini)
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. (F) 2016-09-19 Zinda, EEP nr: 201607
Siblings through the father Alexander:
  1. 1994-12-11(F) Piccolo (Piccolina)
  2. 1999-01-11 -- † 1999-01-12 (M) Willi
  3. 2000-11-28(F) Bangka
  4. 2002-01-20 -- † 2002-12-20 (M) Senang
  5. 2003-05-13(F) Trong Nhi
  6. 2003-07-26(F) Anak
  7. 2004-02-21(M) Sibu
  8. 2005-08-02(F) Yindee
  9. 2007-12-28 -- † 2007-12-28 (F) unborn
  10. 2008-02-17(M) Billy (Budi)
  11. 2009-02-10 -- † 2013-12-17 (F) Tonya
  12. 2009-05-17(F) Kai Mook (Kai-Mook)
  13. 2009-11-10(F) Kina
  14. 2012-11-01(M) Kyan
  15. 2015-01-07 -- † 2015-01-07 () stillborn
Siblings through the mother Bernhardine (Bernhardini):
  1. 1999-01-11 -- † 1999-01-12 (M) Willi
  2. 2002-01-20 -- † 2002-12-20 (M) Senang
  3. 2014-09-17(F) Samiya
  4. 2017-03-19(F) Avani
Ashas pedigree:
P I II III

Asha

Sire:
Alexander

Sire:
Motek
Sire:
Dame:
Dame:
Warda
Sire:
Dame:

Dame:
Bernhardine (Bernhardini)

Sire:
Ramon
Sire:
Moti (Mohti)
Dame:
Mapalay
Dame:
Irma
Sire:
Chieng Mai
Dame:
Buag Hah (Pang Yang)
Document updated2013-12-02: pregnant
2016-01-04: eep nr
2018-05-04: not pregnant
"Early on the morning of Monday, 7th May, Bernhardine, one of our Asian elephants gave birth to a healthy female calf.

The birth took place in total darkness and was carefully monitored by the keepers via special CCTV cameras fitted with infared lights.

At 2.30am, a large swelling had appeared, inticating that the calf had moved into the birth canal. At 2.39am the calf emerged. Two minutes after the birth the calf could be seen moving and eight minutes after the birth the baby elephant stood upright. At 2.49am, the baby elephant took its first steps, much to the delight of zookeepers.

It was a comepletely natural birth, without any complications. We could observe the other elephants, Yasmin and Anak, offering their support to Bernhardine and taking great interest in the calf. We are all so delighted with the birth of our healthy baby elephant and there is a real buzz of excitement in the zoo as a result of the birth.

You will be able to see Bernhadineand her calf, and other elephants, Yasmin and Anak in early June when their purpose built Asian Elephant habitat, The Kazaringa Forest Trail is unveiled, and the calf is strong and healthy."

Leo Ooosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo

2007-09-05 The elephant baby was named Asha, a name suggested by Mrs Clare Creegan, from Raheny in north Dublin

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Asha, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Dublin Zoo in Ireland. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 September 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2816. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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