Bouncing Baby Klipspringer at Lincoln Park Zoo

Baby klipspringer makes her first leaps and bounds at Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo by Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female baby klipspringer (Afrikaans for “rock jumper”) on March 30.

According to Curator of Mammals, Mark Kamhout, “The klipspringer calf is healthy and eating well and, as a result, has almost doubled her weight since birth. Currently, the calf is being hand-reared by our animal care staff after the mother was unable to provide adequate care.”

The team will provide around-the-clock care for the little antelope until she is ready to navigate the terrain of the klipspringer habitat.

Watch a video of the baby klipspringer here:

In the wild, klipspringers inhabit central and eastern Africa. They are dwarf antelope, reaching an average of  24 pounds.

Learn more at the Lincoln Park Zoo website.


Yellow-Backed Duiker Born at Memphis Zoo

Photo Credit: Provided Courtesy of Memphis Zoo, photographer: Sara Taylor

Photo Credit: Provided Courtesy of Memphis Zoo, photographer: Sara Taylor

June 28th saw the birth of Chester, a yellow-backed duiker, at the Memphis Zoo. Duikers are a species of antelope found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yellow-backed duikers are the largest and most abundant of all duiker species. They are threatened with extinction due to hunting for food and habitat loss.

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Baby Eland Antelope at Busch Gardens

Eland calf at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay

A female eland antelope calf was born Monday at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay.  The calf weighs 50 pounds currently but will eventually grow to be around 1000 pounds as an adult. Eland are the largest of the antelope species.

Eland can jump 8-10 feet in the air.  At around 2 years old, eland grow thick, spiraling horns that can reach 3-4 feet long.

In the wild, eland inhabit savannah woodlands of southern Africa. They are not considered vulnerable of extinction by the IUCN Redlist.

Eland calf at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay