04 Apr '11, 7am

The park's first baby elephant in nine years makes his first public appearance at the April launch of an exhibit...

Singapore: He's just five-months-old but like most babies, is cute and very much attached to mum, even as he steps into the limelight at the Night Safari. The park’s first baby elephant in nine years makes his first public appearance at the April launch of an exhibit on the Asian elephant, whose population in the wild is dwindling fast. It's estimated that there are now only some 30,000 to 50,000 left in the forests of India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. In Singapore, the latest addition to the Night Safari’s brood of endangered Asian elephants is the first to be born at both the Night Safari and Singapore Zoo in almost a decade. Visitors will witness the close bond between mother 'Sri Nandong' and baby ‘Nila Utama’ a name derived from the island's ancient history, when a Sumatran prince Sang Nila Utama, landed in 1324 and named it S...

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