Baby elephant born in Planckendael
The animal park near Mechelen has welcomed Qiyo, the fifth baby for mother Phyo Phyo, who is doing well and standing on her own feet
Special viewing today
Tradition has it that animals born at the park or at Antwerp Zoo, with which Plankendael is associated, are given names beginning with sequential letters of the alphabet. The last Baby Q, born in April, never had the chance to be named: Unable to stand, he was rejected by his mother and later died from complications related to jaundice.
Qiyo, by contrast, is already standing on her own four feet, according to the first photograph issued by the park. Only by standing upright can a baby elephant suckle properly and obtain mother’s milk, which contains crucial elements for survival and growth.
The public will be able to see baby Qiyo from tomorrow, with a priority viewing today for anyone with a zoo season ticket.
Photo © Planckendael / Jonas Verhulst
surface area in hectares
annual visitors in 2012
Flemish government KMDA subsidy for 2012-2016 period in millions of euros