IT’S A BOY! MARYLAND ZOO WELCOMES NEW ADDITION TO KUDU HERD

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BALTIMORE, MD — The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
is welcoming a male lesser kudu calf, born on Monday, October 5,
2020 in the late afternoon.   The birth is the result of a
recommendation from the Lesser Kudu Species Survival Plan (SSP),
coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs
provide breeding recommendations to maximize genetic diversity,
with the goal of ensuring the long-term survival of the AZA
population and the health of individual animals.

The calf, which has been named Kadett, was born to
seven-year-old Meringue and sired by ten-year-old Ritter. He is the
second offspring for Meringue.  “The calf was standing and
nursing within an hour of being born, which is very good. He has
long, spindly legs and huge ears right now; he’s very cute at the
moment,†said Erin Grimm, mammal collection and conservation
manager. “Meringue is taking great care of him and we are pleased
with his progress so far.† Kadett stands about three-feet-tall
and weighs in at about 14 pounds. “Right now he will remain in
the barn bonding with Meringue for a couple of weeks. His first
turn out into the habitat will be weather dependent, but we hope to
have them outside before it gets too cold,†continued Grimm.

Lesser kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis australis) are one of eight
species of African spiral-horned antelope. Male lesser kudu horns
can grow to be 72 inches long, with 2 ½ twists. In the wild they
live in dry, densely thicketed scrub and woodlands of northern east
Africa. Interestingly, they rarely drink water, apparently getting
enough liquid from the plants that they eat.  The Maryland Zoo’s
kudu herd is made up of four animals and can be found in the
African Watering Hole habitat along with addra gazelle and
saddle-billed storks.

 

Source: FS – Zoo Borns
IT’S A BOY! MARYLAND ZOO WELCOMES NEW ADDITION TO KUDU
HERD