Our newest Zoo baby is a rock star! A klipspringer was born to four-year-old mom Deborah around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. The calf was sired by six-year-old Ajabu and weighed just 27.5 ounces at birth. He is the ninth klipspringer born at the Zoo.
Last Saturday, our veterinary staff performed a neonatal exam on the antelope, who appeared to be in good health and nursing well. The calf, who does not yet have a name, was determined to be a male. He will spend several weeks bonding with Deborah in a behind-the-scenes area before making his public debut.
Klipspringer—which weigh between 18 and 40 pounds as adults—are found in rocky areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Known for their surefootedness, klipspringers do not face any major threats but are sometimes hunted by humans for their meat and hide.
Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot the calf in Expedition Africa in a few weeks!