Stella was born recently to mother Donna, who became pregnant naturally in January 2015. After she was born the pair spent time out of the public eye so mom and baby could bond and meet the other elephants.
Donna became pregnant through natural breeding and received extensive pre-natal care throughout her pregnancy. In addition to regular ultrasounds, veterinarians, scientists and elephant managers monitored Donna’s hormone levels on a daily basis to help them determine when she would give birth.
Donna has given birth twice before, to Nadirah in 2005, and Luna in 2010. The addition of Stella raises the park’s number of elephants to 10.