African elephants Corra and Nadirah on Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris. Copyright Disney.

Baby Elephant Makes Kilimanjaro Safaris Debut

Animal Kingdom’s newest baby elephant made her first appearance on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna earlier today. Corra, a 318-pound dynamo, explored her new home as her mother, Nadirah, kept a watchful eye. Corra will be well cared for by Nadirah and the herd’s other female members, Donna, Stella, and Luna. Her father, Mac, is also an Animal Kingdom resident.

Corra and her African elephant herd on Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris. Copyright Disney.
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African elephant Corra on Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris. Copyright Disney.
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African elephants Corra and Nadirah on Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris. Copyright Disney.
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Corra’s birth was a big milestone event for Animal Kingdom’s animal care team. She was the first second-generation elephant to be born at the park. Donna gave birth to Nadirah 18 years ago. The care team provided plenty of help to Nadirah, both before and during the pregnancy.

“Getting to today was two years in the making. It all started with the animal care team and our endocrinologists noticing Nadirah’s new behaviors and maturity, indicating she might be ready to become a mom. After some hopeful introductions and a successful courtship, a match was made with Mac.”

Scott Terrell, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
African elephants Corra and Nadirah on Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris. Copyright Disney.
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The team’s goal is to “ensure the genetic diversity and healthy population of endangered species.” They’re doing great work as evidenced by the fact that two more African elephants are expected to deliver babies in 2025.

Nadirah was well cared for throughout her pregnancy. She received regular ultrasounds, which is no small feat with such a large animal. The care team could never get a full image of Corra in the womb, so many exams were more hands-on. The team would feel momma’s belly for Corra’s position and movement. Nadirah also enjoyed plenty of her favorite treats during her checkups, including sweet potatoes, carrots, and hay.

Corra, Nadirah, and all the other Kilimanjaro Safaris animals make that attraction so much more than a ride. No two trips through the savanna are ever the same. 1000 out of 5 stars.