80Kg Kama, Baby Elephant Born at Bali Zoo

The Bali Zoo in the Village of Singapadu, Gianyar Regency, welcomed its newest resident on 24 November 2024 with the birth of a “Baby Boy” elephant named Kama.

Weighing in at a healthy 80 kilograms at birth, Kama can stand and suckle milk produced by his mother, Nurhayati.

Dining with the Locals at The Bali Zoo

A member of the critically endangered Sumatra Elephant subspecies (Elephas maximus sumatranus), Kama’s father at The Bali Zoo is 35-year-old Budi, while his mother Nurhayati is 45. 

Elephants in captivity can live to 60 years, with some surviving to 75. Female elephants reproduce until age 60.

Asian elephants produce only one offspring after a gestation period lasting 18 to 22 months.

NusaBali.com reports that Kama was born on 24 November 2023 at 7:00 a.m. and declared in “good health” by Bali Zoo’s head veterinarian, Drh Arya Sandita. Kama’s health is closely monitored by zoo officials who regularly dose the infant with vitamins and a high-protein diet of soybeans supplemented by an array of tropical fruits.


The newborn Sumatran elephant brings Bali Zoo’s elephant herd population to 15 animals – 4 males and 11 Females. Before Kama’s arrival, the most recent Sumatra Elephant born at Bali Zoo was Lanang, a male born on 17 March 2022.

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