Video: Baby elephant debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

By Ashley Carter, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2017, 2:26 PM EST

A baby elephant named Stella has made her debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney World announced Wednesday.

  • Baby elephant born in late 2016 at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Elephant is named Stella; she recently made her debut
  • Animal Kingdom elephant herd is now at 10 animals

The newborn is now exploring the savanna portion at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Stella’s mother is Donna, a 28-year-old African elephant who also gave birth to two other female calves, Nadirah in 2005, and Luna in 2010.

According to Disney, Donna became pregnant through “natural breeding” in January 2015. Elephants have the longest gestation period among mammals; the gestation period for African elephants is up to 22 months, according to The Nature Conservancy.

Animal Kingdom’s elephant herd is now a total of 10 elephants: seven females and three males.

Disney says its elephant program is important to conservation and understanding the animals.

Scientists at the park study the behavior and vocalizations of the elephants to learn how they communicate with each other.