Fort Worth Zoo celebrates another male Asian elephant birth
Fort Worth Zoo officials are thrilled to share the news of the birth of a healthy, 37-inch-tall, 270-pound male Asian elephant calf named Travis. The newest bundle of joy was born at 2 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2023 and is named after William B. Travis, the heroic commander of the Texans who died at the Battle of the Alamo. Travis is the fifth calf born at the Fort Worth Zoo, following the arrival of half-brother Brazos born in 2021, Belle, his mother, in 2013, Bowie in 2013 (Bowie now resides at the Oklahoma City Zoo), and aunt, Bluebonnet, in 1998. This newest calf adds to the three generations of elephants that call the Zoo home, which mimics how herds are established in the wild.
This is Belle’s first calf. Belle, now 9.5 years old, was carefully monitored throughout her pregnancy. As part of her prenatal care, she had weekly blood tests to monitor progesterone levels, regular physical examinations, and sonograms. The calf’s father, Romeo, is 30 years old and has lived at the Fort Worth Zoo since 2015.
Both mother and baby boy are doing well. Currently, they are spending time bonding in behind-the-scenes areas of the elephant habitat, Elephant Springs. The initial bonding between an elephant calf, its mother, and family unit is vital to a successful rearing. As he acclimates to his surroundings and continues to grow stronger, the animal care team will determine when a public debut can take place. Temperatures and shifts in weather will also dictate the outdoor schedule. Until then, keep an eye on the Zoo’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information, photos and videos.