Swazi, an African elephant at the San Diego Safari Park is expecting her second calf. Her due date was stated as being late July-early August. WELL, it just so happens to be early August and the calf has not arrived yet. Swazi is the matriarch of the Safari park herd, which currently consists of twelve elephants (eight of which were born at the park). Earlier this year five of the animals were transferred to the Reid Park zoo in Tucson, Arizona. Mabhulane the breeding bull who has sired all of the park’s calves (including Swazi’s unborn) is one of the five in Arizona.
Vus’Musi, a male born in 2004 to Ndulamitsi, who was pregnant upon arriving from Swaziland; is incredibly valuable in terms of genetics. I have no doubt he will remain at the park where he will breed with the other cows and the two female calves. He seems to be maturing rapidly and is actually being chased out of the herd by the cows. He is also learning the ropes of how to become a bull from resident bull Msholo.