Baby Asian elephant born at upstate New York zoo

A pair of Asian elephants have produced a second calf at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

The male calf was born on Jan. 15 and weighed 267 pounds. Zoo Director Ted Fox says the mother and baby elephant are doing fine and their progress will be posted on social media prior to a springtime introduction to the public. The mother, Mali, was pregnant for about 660 days.

Asian elephants are critically endangered due to habitat destruction and poaching. An estimated 30,000 are left in the wild. The Syracuse zoo is one of 11 accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in North America with Asian elephant breeding programs.

The zoo now has eight elephants and is expanding its Asian Elephant Preserve from 4.5 to 6 acres.

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