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Sound The Trumpets! Fort Worth Zoo Celebrates Asian Elephant Birth

Fort Worth Zoo staff welcomed a 37-inch-tall, 255 pound male Asian elephant calf on Oct. 21, 2021. Brazos (BRA-zus) is the fourth calf born at the Zoo following his mother Bluebonnet in 1998 and his aunt Belle and half-brother Bowie, both born in 2013. As you can see, mother and calf are doing well, spending time bonding in the backyards of the Zoo.


Since establishing its elephant breeding program in 1986, the Fort Worth Zoo has become an international leader in elephant conservation. In 1998,the Zoo spearheaded the development of the International Elephant Foundation (IEF), a conservation organization dedicated to saving elephant species worldwide. Listed as endangered since 1976, Asian elephant populations continue to decline and if the trend continues, zoos are going to be the only place left for these animals. The birth of Brazos is another BIG conservation success.

As Brazos continues to grow stronger and bond with his mother, his public viewing hours will be limited to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. These hours are always subject to change with cooler temperatures and winter weather. Stop by on warmer days for a chance to see Fort Worth’s big baby learn what it means to be an elephant.