Closed Because of Covid 19, This is What Makes Happy Loka Happy – A happy atmosphere enveloped the managers of the Happy Loka Zoo in Yogyakarta, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The reason was that although it was closed until March 31 – to prevent the spread of Covid-19 – a Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) collection had succeeded in giving birth to a female elephant baby .
The baby elephant that was born around 02.06 WIB that morning, was the result of a controlled breeding of a pair of male elephants named Argo (30 years) and female elephant Sprott (21 years) who naturally mated.
Argo is a male Sumatran elephant imported from the Way Kambas Elephant Training Center in Lampung in 1996. Sinta is a female Sumatran elephant originating from the Seblat Elephant Conservation Center in Bengkulu and arrived at Happy Loka in 2015.
Closed Because of Covid 19, This is What Makes Happy Loka Happy
“Gajah Sinta’s pregnancy has been monitored since May 2018 during the first USG,” said Eros Yan Renanda, Head of the Joy of Public Relations Division, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Eros said that elephants have their own uniqueness because they are quite old for about 18-22 months. Meanwhile, Gajah Sinta itself is pregnant for 21 months. During the pregnancy period, Happy Loka continues to conduct intensive supervision and care. Kartu Poker
Special feeding and multivitamin continues to be done in order to maintain the condition of the mother. Monitoring via ultrasound is also routinely carried out to ensure the fetus develops properly. Sprott is also always invited to walk around the zoo area, to maintain his body condition during pregnancy.
Sprott during pregnancy is placed in foster care, which is deliberately made to smooth the process of pregnancy and childbirth. The delivery process from Sinta went smoothly. Seen signs of birth such as faeces that shrink, and a little nervous starting from late afternoon. The elephant keepers (mahout) have prepared all the tools and needs for both treatment and medical drugs by doctors.
Eros explained that behaviors such as kicking an elephant calf and moving his trunk were normal, for a mother who had just given birth.
Although at first Sinta was confused by the birth of her first child. But after some time it was immediately apparent how much the mother loved her baby. This is evident by the attention of the mother when the child walks limping or whining. Immediately, Sinta’s mother moves swiftly. Baby elephants are able to suckle themselves two hours after he was born.
With the birth of this Sumatran baby elephant, the Happy Loka elephant family, which originally numbered eight to nine.
At the moment, Sinta’s calf cannot be weighed, because it is still under the care of its mother and 24-hour observation via CCTV, a team of doctors and mahouts. But usually a calf is born weighing around 90-100 kg.
With the birth of this Sumatran elephant baby, said Eros, Happy Loka became a zoo that has the function of an Ex-Situ conservation agency (outside the habitat location). And increasingly motivated to contribute in carrying out controlled breeding, to save plants and animals while still maintaining the purity of their species.
Moreover, Sumatran Elephants themselves are classified by IUCN into critical and protected categories based on Law (Law) Number 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of Biological Resources and their Ecosystems, and Minister of LHK Regulation No. P.20 / MENLHK / SETJEN / KUM.1 / 6/2018 concerning Types of Plants and Animals Protected.
The birth of this baby elephant is one of the direct contributions of Happy Loka in the effort to preserve Ex-Situ for animals whose position is increasingly cornered, as threats in the wild are increasing because of conflicts and logging that is getting further from sustainable, he said.