They aren’t reindeer, but a few of the newest “hoofed” calves at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo are sure to catch Santa’s attention.
TAMPA, Fla. (December 19, 2013) — They aren’t reindeer, but a few of the newest “hoofed” calves at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo are sure to catch Santa’s attention.
The Zoo welcomed its second lowland nyala calf on November 30, a female. The species is a medium-sized dense forest antelope, native to Southern Africa. Mature males have impressive spiral horns, and are much larger and darker in color than females. Herd size is usually between two to 10 animals. At the Zoo, the nyala inhabit a mixed species yard in Safari Africa with southern ground hornbills, bay duikers and crowned duikers.
A male waterbuck calf was born on November 18, the tenth of the year. Waterbuck are herd animals found in savannah grasslands, gallery forests and woodlands south of the Sahara. During the day, groups of up to 30 animals form including females, calves and juveniles, who graze together. At the Zoo, guests can find the waterbuck herd along the path of the Safari Ride. The subspecies we exhibit is distinguished by a white ring encircling the tail.
A bontebok calf was born on October 31, a first for the Zoo. Adults are a medium-sized, dark brown antelope with a white face, belly, legs and hindquarters. Calves are born distinctly lighter in color. The bontebok was historically confined to the plains of South Africa where overhunting reduced it to the verge of extinction. Today they are found in protected areas (reserves) and
private lands where their numbers are recovering. At the Zoo, guests can find the bontebok along the path of the Safari Ride.