Humans are instinctively driven to adore babies & that adoration carries into the animal kingdom as well. Recently, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has had something of a baby boom! BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of numerous new animals.
- On February 24, a female bongo calf was born to a second time 5-year-old mother in the Zoo’s Africa loop. The gestation period for a bongo is around 9 months, typically with a single calf. Eastern bongos are classified as critically endangered African Antelopes & it is estimated that there are as few as 200 remaining in the wild.
- One male Thomson’s Gazelle was born on April 9 and another male Thomson’s Gazelle was born on April 13 in the Zoo’s Africa loop. The gazelles are the first ones to be born at the Zoo in 13 years. This is a promising boost for the Zoo’s goal of growing the Thomson’s Gazelle herd.
- On May 4, a male Nyala was born in the Zoo’s Africa loop. Native to Southeastern Africa, Nyala are usually found near water. As herbivores, nyala feed upon foliage, fruits and grasses, with sufficient fresh water. They are shy and cautious creatures by nature. At birth, they typically weigh around 12 pounds and will grow to around 275 pounds.
- On May 14, a male Baird’s Tapir was born. He is currently being hand-raised by Zoo staff and is off exhibit at the moment. Endangered species, tapirs usually live near water, and are often found walking or swimming in rivers and lakes. Tapirs are surprisingly nimble and can easily climb up and down slippery river banks. The tapir’s flexible snout is useful for more than just gathering food and it can also be used as a snorkel when the animal is in the water.
- On May 17, a Female Sable was born. Interestingly, the calf will actually lie down & hide for the first few weeks of life and then begin to follow the mother. Sable are native to Southeastern Africa and thrive in the woodlands and savannah, always staying near water sources. The male and female sable both have horns, with the males simply being larger. The male features a black coat and the females have a brown coat.
“This baby boom is exciting for our Zoo and our community. We are always encouraged when our animal collection grows, and it’s especially exciting when it does so through new births. We encourage the public to come out and see these new arrivals soon,” said Phil Frost, Zoo Director.