TUCSON, AZ — Reid Park Zoo has an expecting mother.
Semba the elephant is pregnant, and her calf is due March or April, a zoo spokesperson said.
The gestation period for elephants ranges between 22 and 24 months.
A team of volunteers is observing Semba 24 hours a day. Semba is undergoing a regular battery of physical exams, blood work and ultrasounds.
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#ThrowBackThursday to 2014 when African elephant Nandi was about two months old and only 435 pounds! Like all baby elephants, Nandi's new little brother or sister due this spring will be born at roughly around 250 pounds. The entire Zoo is very excited to have a "little" elephant roaming the habitat again soon! African elephants can have varied gestations, so we don't know exactly when mom Semba will have her new calf, but our elephant team is closely monitoring Semba, Nandi, and the rest of the herd carefully to prepare for the birth. #TBT
When the calf arrives, it will probably have a bent tail and ears that straighten out eventually.