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Photo: New Elephant Calves at Kariega

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Elephant Population Grows on Eastern Cape Game Reserve

We are so excited to share these beautiful pictures of one of the two new elephant calves born on the reserve this week. These close-up images were taken by ranger Daniel. The little one is only a few days old.

Kariega elephant calf June 2015

Kariega elephant calf June 2015

Two New Elephant Calves at Kariega Game Reserve

A new born elephant calf can weigh about 100 kg (250 pounds) at birth. Their eyesight is not very good but they recognise their mother by sound, smell and touch. The calf will remain very close to it's mother for a few months and is completely dependant on her milk for the first 3 - 4 months of it's life. An elephant calf can drink about 10 litres (3 gallons) of milk in a day. There have been cases where they continue to drink milk for up to 10 years! Usually the calves will begin to eat plants when they are around four months old. They continue to depend heavily on their mother's milk for at least two years.

Watch our video of the newborn elephant calf.

Kariega elephant calf June 2015

Visit Kariega to See Newborn Elephant Calves

If you are visiting Kariega in the near future be sure to keep your eyes open for these beautiful new calves. We would love to see any pictures of newborn animals that you took while on safari at Kariega. Feel free to share them on our Facebook page.