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Hilvarenbeek, February 20, 2024 - African elephant Punda has become the mother of a healthy elephant calf after a 22-month pregnancy. This is the third calf born in the Safari Park Beekse Bergen k in four months. Never before have three African elephants been born in a European zoo in such a short time.

Tendai  Mosi en Ajabu (voor naar achter)

The young elephant is a girl and has been named Tendai. Head zookeeper Yvonne Vogels says: "Everything is falling into place! Mosi means firstborn: the first of the three calves. Ajabu stands for 'radiant'. It's wonderful to see how the premature baby, because she was born two months prematurely, is now strengthened and how we see this reflected in her character. And now there is Tendai, which means grateful. Thankful for all the healthy happiness in the herd. We are completely over the moon!"

The zookeepers of the African elephants were alert for the arrival of the calf for several days. Vogels: "On Wednesday we saw a change in the blood values ​​and in principle the calf would be born within 48 hours." The zookeepers monitored the webcam for five nights, taking turns and every hour. "We regularly thought that the moment had arrived. On Sunday evening, Punda was very restless. The keepers and I decided to spend the night in a room next to the elephant enclosure. The little one was born on Monday morning, February 19 at 9.10 am," says Vogels.

Tendai met daarachter Mosi en Ajabu

To allow mother and daughter to recover in peace, the elephant stable will be open to a limited extent in the coming days.


At 32 years old, Punda is the matriarch of the elephant herd in Safari Park Beekse Bergen. It means that as the eldest of the herd, she plays an important role within the elephant family. When the two previous calves were born, her essential role was visible: she taught her daughters how to care for their young calves.

Mosi  Tendai en Ajabu (links naar rechts)

Punda arrived at the Safari Park with her offspring in 2015 as part of the management program. The management program ensures a healthy reserve population of this species. Elephant bull Yambo came to Beekse Bergen from Spain in 2021 to make his contribution. And with success, because not much later the zookeepers saw the first mating.

More space

Through the Wildlife Foundation, Beekse Bergen supports the Save the Elephants organization with the Northern Corridors Project. The project will ensure that nature parks in Kenya are connected with each other with corridors. A corridor is a safe passage for wild animals, such as elephants. The passages are necessary because the population of Africa is growing and the elephant habitat is becoming fragmented, resulting in human-animal conflicts.

Mosi  Ajabu  moeder Punda achter Tendai

The aim is to finance one corridor: 60,000 euros are needed for this. More than half of this amount will be collected through an adoption plan for the young elephants. The rest of the amount will be supplemented with other initiatives.