A one-day-old Asian elephant with his mother. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Taiping Zoo & Night Safari in Negeri Perak, Malaysia, welcomed the birth of a newborn male baby elephant last month. According to the New Straits Times, the baby elephant born on December 30 was the first to be born at the zoo since 2011.

Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, the president of the Taiping Municipal Council, said the event was a valuable achievement for the zoo. Rahim added that the newborn was evidence that the zoo’s conservation efforts were playing their part in preventing the species’ extinction, as well as adding to the number of animals in the zoo.

Apart from the baby elephant, the zoo also welcomed the hatching of an African Spoonbill wading bird on December 30. In addition, the zoo purchased two Paradise shelducks, whooper swans, emus and three Trumpeter swans in a bid to bring in more visitors.

The Taiping Zoo & Night Safari now boasts more than 1,400 animals.

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