The King and Queen visit Kolmården Zoo
The King meets three-month-old elephant calf Namsai. To the right is Namsai's mother Bua, and to the left is Saonoi. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Tuesday 29 October, The King and Queen visited Kolmården Zoo to see the elephant calf Namsai. His mother, Bua, was presented to The King as a gift by King Bhumibol of Thailand in 2004.
The first ever elephant calf birth at Kolmården took place on Saturday 27 July at 19:04. The baby elephant weighed 87 kg when he was born. His mother, Bua, came together with Saonoi to Kolmården in 2004 as a gift to The King from King Bhumibol of Thailand.
The King and Queen are welcomed to Kolmården by CEO of Kolmården Zoo Mats Olsson and County Governor of Östergötland County Elisabeth Nilsson. Photo: royalcourt.se
At Kolmården Zoo, The King and Queen were met by County Governor of Östergötland County Elisabeth Nilsson, CEO of Kolmården Zoo Mats Olsson, Chair of Norrköping Municipal Council Eva Andersson, Thailand's ambassador H.E. Mr Somchai Charanasomboon and his wife Mrs Viyada Charanasomboon.
The elephant calf Namsai is now three months old, and weighs 226 kg. Photo: royalcourt.se
The elephant calf Namsai now weighs 226 kg. The two elephants presented to The King in 2004 — Namsai's mother Bua and Saonoi — can also be seen in the film clip. Photo: royalcourt.se
After meeting the elephants Namsai, Bua and Saonoi, Zoo Manager Mats Höggren showed The King and Queen the new-born rhinoceros calf Nambi.
The King and Queen also met one-week-old Nambi and his mother Imfolozi, southern white rhinos. Photo: royalcourt.se
During their visit to Kolmården Zoo, The King and Queen also saw the dolphin show Life, about dolphin behaviour and mankind's impact on the natural environment.
Dolphin trainer Caroline Persson explains to The King and Queen, the Chair of Norrköping Municipal Council and the County Governor about the creatures. At 40 years old, Vicky – seen here in the foreground – is the oldest dolphin at Kolmården and the leader of the school. Next to her is her daughter Ariel. Photo: royalcourt.se
The visit to Kolmården concluded with the Siberian tigers. In the tiger bus, zoo keeper Tonny told The King and Queen about the tigers while feeding them. Photo: royalcourt.se
The tiger bus. Photo: royalcourt.se
Watch a clip from the regional news programme Östnytt when elephant calf Namsai was born on 27 July this year. Source: SVT Play
"The two elephants that have been given to me by the King of Thailand have been homed at Kolmården. They were a wonderful gift, since elephants symbolise longevity in Thailand. The elephants are called Bua and Saonoi, and we were there when they arrived at their new home in Kolmården. In the picture, I am thanking Thailand's ambassador for this generous gift." The photograph was taken at Kolmården on 2 May 2004, and is included in The King's book "Mina 40 år för Sverige" ("My 40 Years for Sweden"). Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
Kolmården's elephantsKolmården now has four Indian elephants. Bua (born in 1997) and Saonoi (born in 1996) came to Kolmården from Thailand in 2004. Saba came to Kolmården in 2007 from Le Pal Zoo in France, and is the oldest in the herd at 45 years old. The three adult elephants are all cows (females), and the calf Namsai is a bull (male). Namsai means "clear water" in Thai. Bua was inseminated by an elephant called Raja, who lives in a zoo in the UK, in November 2011. She was pregnant for almost 20 months before giving birth. The Indian elephant is an endangered species. As forests are cleared and rivers are widened, the elephants head out into the plantations in search of food.
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The King and Queen with elephant calf Namsai. His mother, Bua, was presented to The King as a gift by King Bhumibol of Thailand in 2004. Zoo keeper Martina Wärnehult is also pictured. Photo: Sofia Andersson/Kolmården
The King with elephant calf Namsai. Photo: Sofia Andersson/Kolmården