In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, caretakers and animal programs specialists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were more than happy to announce that their herd of elands grew by one.

What’s Happening:

  • Cast Members across property worked diligently to prepare for the storm, including the Animals, Science and Environment Cast Members, who were busy taking care of the herd.
  • The Disney Parks Blog reported that early this morning, an eland at Disney’s Animal Kingdom gave birth to a healthy calf named Doppler in honor of its post-storm arrival.
  • Gender is not known as of yet.
  • The photos in the gallery below were taken in the first few hours after the birth, and the calf has already taken its first steps.
  • The calf was born as part of a species survival plan in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
  • Mom and baby are bonding well, and the team will conduct a neonatal exam in the coming days to get a gauge on the calf’s weight, height and gender.
  • The pair will remain backstage for the next several weeks before venturing out onto the savanna with the rest of the herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


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