This antelope species is native to central Africa; calves are first for the Zoo’s new grownup male
September 14, 2022 (BALTIMORE, MD) – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomed the beginning of two new sitatunga calves this previous weekend.
A feminine calf was born Friday afternoon to the grownup feminine, Mousse, and weighed 3.65 kilograms. The second feminine calf was born Sunday afternoon to Peggy and weighed 3.25 kilograms. These are the primary sired by the Zoo’s grownup male, Beau, who was specifically chosen to be part of its sitatunga breeding program.
“That is Mousse’s third calf so she is a really skilled dad or mum,” mentioned Erin Grimm, Curator of Mammals on the Maryland Zoo. “For Peggy, it’s her first calf and we’re happy that she and the new child are beginning to bond properly with one another.”
“For now the calves will keep behind-the-scenes with their moms,” mentioned Grimm. “We’ll make a willpower about after they could make their public debut outdoors with the remainder of the herd quickly.”
The brand new calves be a part of a thriving sitatunga herd of 10 animals, which might be present in two habitats alongside the boardwalk within the Zoo’s African Journey.
The sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii) is a species of antelope native to Central Africa. They stay in swamps, marshes and floodplains. Their lengthy, splayed hooves enable them to stroll throughout islands of floating vegetation and moist terrain with out sinking, however they’re additionally sturdy swimmers, who can disguise from predators underneath water if want be with solely their nostrils (and perhaps eyes) exhibiting. Exterior of protected areas, sitatunga are susceptible to over-hunting and habitat loss, as individuals drain and develop swamp land. Presently, sitatunga usually are not labeled as threatened or endangered
The grownup male, Beau, was transferred to the Maryland Zoo as really useful by the Sitatunga Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs present breeding suggestions to maximise genetic variety, with the purpose of guaranteeing well being of the person animal, in addition to the long-term survival to assist save animals from extinction.