Pittsburgh Zoo’s conservation center ‘optimistic’ about elephant calf receiving care

SOMERSET, Pa. — An African elephant calf remains in “guarded condition” at the Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center in Somerset County, but the animal care team said Friday that it is “vigilant and optimistic.”

In Friday’s update, the conservation center said the calf, which was born July 18, continues to be “active and bright” as she goes between nursing with its mother and resting.

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The calf has been receiving care 24 hours a day for several ailments.

“She had a good week and mom is doing a fantastic job. We are encouraged by the current trends, however she remains in guarded condition as we continue to closely monitor her health and behavior,” Dr. Joe Gaspard, Director of Animal Health, Science, and Conservation for the zoo, said in a statement.

Elephant specialists from across the country are working with the animal care team.