The African elephant is on step closer to survival as a species today. A male calf was born on Wednesday, August 24 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He weighed 311 lbs and is spending his first few days bonding with his mother, Vasha.

Mother, big sister, and baby elephant

Vasha, big sister Kianga, and the new baby

Image taken by Disney Parks photographer Gene Duncan. Read more about Disney’s Animal Kingdom and its newest arrival on the Disney Parks blog.