SEPT. 21, 2011 -- Kenzi, the elephant calf born on June 24, is ready to make her public debut at the Saint Louis Zoo.
You can see Kenzi, her mother, Rani, and other members of her family at the elephant habitat in the River's Edge on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Zoo officials expect Kenzi will also be available for viewing during the same times throughout the weekend, though viewing hours could change.
Raja, Kenzi's father, will be available for viewing in an adjacent habitat at the River's Edge.
Kenzi, who now weighs more than 380 pounds, has been gradually introduced to her habitat by her elephant care team. She's been warmly welcomed by her elephant family, the zoo reports."Kenzi is thriving under the care of her mother, grandmother and two older sisters," said Martha Fischer, curator of mammals. "Rani is an excellent, caring and protective mother, and she has incredible support from Ellie, Maliha and Jade. It is so amazing to watch everyone in the elephant family look after Kenzi. They all take turns playing with her and doting on her. Kenzi is definitely the center of attention for everyone in the herd. Even with elephants, everything revolves around the baby of the family."
Photo by Becky Heisler/Saint Louis Zoo