The video features Prague Zoo’s Elephant Valley – a large habitat specially designed for its pachyderm residents which opened in 2013. It is the Czech Republic’s biggest elephant compound and is the proud home of the first of the species to have been both conceived and born in the country: Max. The baby was born on April 5, 2016, making him just over one year old in the YouTube footage.
Eight elephants make up the herd in Elephant Valley – Mekong, Shanti, Gulab, Donna, Tonya, Tamara, Janita and baby Max. The facility is part of Prague Zoo’s contribution to defending animal species that are sadly in danger of becoming extinct. The zoo also has breeding programs to aid conservation.
Indian elephants are classified as endangered on the red list of threatened species provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The events captured on film at Prague Zoo that day, then, must have come as a shock to concerned onlookers.