The Jakarta Post
Since 2016, the Way Kambas National Park has welcomed six baby elephants. (Shutterstock/File)
East Lampung Regent Chusnunia Chalim eagerly welcomed the birth of an elephant calf at Way Kambas National Park’s (TNWK) Elephant Conservation Center (PKG) on May 27, by naming the baby, "Nunik."
“I asked [TNWK head] Subakir for permission to name one [of the baby] elephants,” said Chusnunia as quoted by Antara news agency.
Chusnunia came up with several names, but later chose Nunik as it is similar to her own nickname.
Since 2016, the park has welcomed six baby elephants. However, Nunik is the only calf named by the regent.
"It is a good sign that there were many elephants born within these two years and we should be grateful," Chusnunia said.
Meanwhile, Subakir says three Sumatran cows, namely Pleno, Riska and Dona, gave birth to three calves in the park’s forest between March and May. (jes/kes)