WCS researchers in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park have two good reasons to be hopeful for the park’s savanna elephant population: a pair of rare twin calves who have recently joined their mother’s herd.
scientists report that the mother elephant, named Eloise, estimated to be
57 years old, gave birth to the twins (one male and one female) in August 2017. That makes Eloise
the oldest mother elephant known to have given birth to twins. It is estimated that one percent of all
elephant conceptions result in twins.
“The elephants in and around Tarangire
National Park are well protected by the park rangers and local
communities," said Dr. Charles Foley, Director of WCS’s
Tarangire Elephant Project. "And with the guidance of an experienced matriarch, we have
high hopes for their survival. Every elephant calf born is a step
towards the recovery of the species, and twins are even better.”
WCS staffers have been studying the Tarangire ecosystem’s
northern subpopulation of elephants for 25 years.
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