Elephant Calf Born at Walt Disney World

There is a new addition to the elephant family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  Stella, a female elephant calf has been born to 28 year old Donna, who is a resident of the savanna.  Right after Stella was born, she and Donna spent time back stage away from guests to bond and nurse while also getting bonded with other members of the elephant family.  This is Donna’s 3rd calf to be born at the savanna.  She became pregnant through natural breeding and was closely monitored each day via ultrasounds and hormone level checks.  The total herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is now made up of 10 elephants, which include 3 males and 7 females.


The elephant program at Walt Disney World is a part of the conservation efforts that Disney focuses on.  Scientists study these creatures to help learn more about their behaviors and how they communicate.  They have learned more about how to help Kenyan farmers save their crops and protect themselves and the elephants.  They learned that elephants avoid bees, and by installing beehive fences around farms the elephants will avoid the area.  These discoveries help to preserve these beautiful animals in the wild and help educate all.

Photo/Content Source:  Disney Parks Blog

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I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!