Entering the world on August 2, 2013, Nellie the elephant was recently introduced to the public for the first time. Born at African Lion Safari in southern Ontario, Nellie is the first "all-Canadian" Asian elephant to be born in the country—all-Canadian, because both of Nellie's parents were also born at African Lion Safari.

The park's 200 acres are home to a dozen elephants, including three generations in the same elephant family: Kitty, Natasha and now Nellie. Nellie's mother Natasha has also given birth in the past to a male elephant, Jake, born in 2009 through artificial insemination.

Nellie is the fourteenth elephant to be born at African Lion Safari, which currently has the largest elephant herd in North America. With some estimates suggesting that elephants are now being killed in the wild at the rate of one every 15 minutes, successful breeding programs like this may be the elephant's greatest hope for survival.

Four-week old Nellie, with her mother Natasha at
African Lion Safari, September 5, 2013.
Photo: Cathie Coward
Source: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4066758-

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