Onondaga County has announced the name of the newest baby calf at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
The not-so-little calf, born mid-January, has been named Ajay (pronounced A-JYE).
Ajay is a Sanskrit word meaning “invincible.”
The name was submitted by Heather House of Hastings, and it received more than 37 percent of the vote in a naming contest.
The calf represents another great success for the zoo’s Asian Elephant program, which is one of only 30 facilities to care for Asian elephants and only 11 able to breed this critically endangered species.
Zoo Director Ted Fox said a name that means “Invincible” is fitting and “it is the most precocious baby elephant the zoo’s elephant care team has ever seen.”
Ajay began exploring his surroundings and leaving his mother’s side within hours of his birth and using his trunk to pick up objects within weeks – something his older brother, Batu, took months to attempt.
Ajay will be on view to the public in late May.