ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — She’s only around a month old, but the St. Louis Zoo’s newest Asian elephant made her public debut Wednesday.

Priya was joined by her mother Ellie and other members of her three generation family as she met her St. Louis family. You can see all on them most days of the week at Priya’s new home River’s Edge. Weather permitting.

This is Ellie’s third baby and the fourth for the baby’s father Raja, the first elephant ever born at the Saint Louis Zoo. Now, at age 20, he has his own three-generation family, with daughter Maliha, born on August 2, 2006; Jade, born February 25, 2007; and Kenzi, born on June 24, 2011.

Priya’s name was chosen through a Name the Baby Elephant poll with the winner announced on May 6; 53,692 votes submitted through multiple channels to the Saint Louis Zoo for its Name the Baby Elephant poll. The Zoo’s elephant care team selected five favorite female names—Cai, Harper, Priya, Violet and Willow—and invited the public to vote for their favorites. Priya won with 15,777 (29.4 percent) of the total votes cast.

Credit Ray Meibaum/Saint Louis Zoo

Credit Ray Meibaum/Saint Louis Zoo


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