At 121 Kilograms, a Labor of Love
New Born Baby Sumatran Elephant Born at Mason Elephant Park in Bali
The Mason Elephant Park & Lodge’s population of Sumatra elephants increased to 32 on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:10 am with the birth of a healthy 121 kilogram baby male elephant named Arjuna.
Named after the third and most handsome of the five mythical Pendawa Brothers, Arjuna will join his family of mother Fatimah who is 30 years old who was rescued from South Sumatra at the age of five, father Ryan who is 20 years old, and a 10-year-old sister Gegeg born at the Park 10 years ago.
Arjuna was born after a gestation period lasting almost two years. The long time spent in the womb means elephants are born in an advanced state of development. In Arjuna’s case, this means he was able to stand just 30- minutes after birth, walk 60 minutes later, and was busy suckling from Mom within 4 hours of his birth.
Perhaps not for the faint of heart, here's a remarkable video courtesy of Nigel Mason, documenting the birth of Arjuna.
Shrinking natural habitats due to deforestation, palm oil cultivation, and poaching are afflicking dwindling number of the Sumatran Elephants that represent one of three subspecies of Asian Elephants. The wild population of these magnificent and highly intelligent mamals has declined an estimated 80% over the past 75 years.
The current wild population of Sumatran Elephants is estimated at 2,400-2,800 individuals. 85% of these elephants are living outside protected reserves in pockets of less than 250 square kilometers – an area considered too small to support viable elephant populations.
Many experts believe that the Sumatran elephants will become extinct in the wild unless drastic measures are not soon taken to ensure their preservation.
As part of a critically important breeding program started at The Mason elephant Park a decade ago, Arjuna is the fifth elephant born at the Park with two more expectant mothers expected to give birth in the coming 6 to 8 months.
One of Bali’s most popular animal park attractions, The Mason Elephant Park and Lodge is located in Taro, north of Ubud.
Arjuna and his extended herd family can be viewed daily betweem 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.