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.
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.