An Asian elephant, 16 year old Rozie, gave birth to a baby girl September 2, 2009. The newborn weighed 318 pounds and was in gestation for 22 months. [p] Rozie herself was born at the zoo in 1992. The International Union of Conservation Nations classifies elephants as endangered animals, and the Albuquerque Zoo is part of a worldwide conservation effort to help captive elephants reproduce. The Albuquerque Zoo is a designated Elephant Breeding Facility, and the new baby calf is an important part of the North American population. [p] The Zoo has had a good number of births in the past few years. The baby elephant joins snow leopards, giraffes and hippos at the zoo's "nursery."