Meet the baby elephants


Belle&Bowie

The Fort Worth Zoo is home to two elephant calves! Belle, daughter to Rasha, was born July 7, 2013, and Bowie (boo-ee), son to Bluebonnet, was born August 5, 2013. Bowie’s arrival made Rasha a grandmother and Belle an aunt – there are now three generations of elephants at the Fort Worth Zoo, which very much mimics how herds are established in the wild. In total, the Zoo is home to seven Asian elephants: four females and three males.

What a difference a year makes!
Belle and Bowie have more than tripled in size. Belle is 1,452 pounds and 62 inches tall, and Bowie is 1,145 pounds and 55 inches tall. As the calves continue to grow, Bowie will eventually pass Belle in height and weight. The calves will continue with their behavior training in their second year (watch the elephant training video below), and are expected to exhibit more independence from their mothers.

In April 2014, Bowie began to show signs of tusk development, with ivory emerging through his gums. Only male Asian elephants have visible tusks; female Asian elephants have tushes, which are similar to tusks, but are shorter and stay hidden under the upper lip. Elephants use their tusks as a tool for digging or as a weapon during mating season. Similar to how humans are right-handed or left-handed, elephants will favor one tusk and use it dominantly over the other.

Belle and Bowie’s arrival caught the attention of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, the popular Emmy Award-winning nature show that debuted in the 1960s. The show recently returned as a series of online webisodes and filmed at the Zoo for two days in May 2014, highlighting the Zoo’s three-generation elephant herd and the conservation work the Fort Worth Zoo does locally and abroad. You can watch the webisodes here.

Video



Photo Gallery — Belle & Rasha

Photo Gallery — Bowie & Bluebonnet

Photo Gallery — Belle & Bowie


Adopt the Baby Elephants

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Your $40 symbolic adoption will contribute to baby Belle or Bowie’s care and feeding for one full year.

  • Baby elephant plush animal
  • Color photo of your baby elephant
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Zoo publication

Or adopt both Belle and Bowie, the Pachyderm Pair! For $65, adoption packages include:

  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Animal fact sheet
  • Zoo publication
  • 4×6 color photo of both baby elephants
  • Two plush elephants

Click here to adopt the baby elephants.

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