An elephant gave birth to Twin calves in Kenya; after 38 years

If there surprises in the field of tourism, then this must be a real surprise where an elephant gave birth to Twin calves in Amboseli National Park Kenya. The big Jumbo pulled this surprise in the midst of intense conservation battle.

It is researched and documented that an elephant pregnancy or gestation period approximately takes two years or rather twenty to twenty-four months. This means an elephant fertilized today, it will take around two good years to give birth.


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Elephant Matters

However, the elephants are wildly known and documented to give birth to one calf after the two years of carrying the baby in the womb. However, some deep tourism researchers like the renowned tourism researchers in Serene Destination have found that there is a quite a significant number of elephants that give birth to twin calves.

Nevertheless, the numbers of Jumbos also commonly referred to elephant gave birth to Twin calves are 1% that is one percent worldwide. That one percent of elephant gave birth to Twin calves means it one in a hundred endangered species.

Paru Mother to Norah and Katito

However, this elephant by the name Paru gave Kenya conservationists a story to tell and behold. Paru gave birth to twins; Katito and Norah.


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Paru Surprise

The surprise of giving birth is considered great because the last time an elephant gave birth to twin in East African was 38 years ago in the 1980s. Another good news is that Katito and Norah is a mixed gender of a male and a female.

elephant gave birth to Twin calves

Moreover, Amboseli National Park is the Kilimanjaro Royal Court is documented to have the largest number of elephants in Kenya. The jumbo’s numbers have however increased due to community conservation program and the government support to conservation.

Norah and Katito Elephant Twins

The two Norah and Katito were born during the highest rainy season in the Amboseli a factor considered to a huge blessing to the people of this region. Paru is, however, considered to be a huge jumbo and took longer for the twins to develop in the womb.


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Elephants being the largest mammal on the planet further have a complex development process. The cerebral development process gives the calf the ability to survive and grow after birth.

However, before, birth the of the calf, the development takes a various hormonal such as corpora lutea to maintain the little jumbo in the womb.

Therefore, Katito and Norah are a major gift that we safely delivered. The mother Paru is from a very well protected family of elephants in the Amboseli known as PA family.

Therefore, the two calves are under the intense care by her mother PA family. A family of elephants is usually lead and guided by a mature legend female called the matriarch.

Surprising the matriarch or the leader of the PA family include Paru. The lesson here is we should consider protecting our elephants. They have the resilience to pull us such surprises and so should we have the resilience to conserve them.


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PhD. Tourism Management Cand. Tourism Lecturer, Consultant and an Investment Mogul.