Naples Zoo announces birth of endangered slender-horned gazelle
The Naples Zoo has a new family member! They announced Wednesday that Evita, a slender-horned gazelle, had her first calf on Monday.
The male weighs about 3.5 pounds and stands a little over a foot tall.
“The calf received a neonatal exam from the Zoo’s veterinary team and was found to be healthy and thriving,” the Zoo said.
The calf doesn’t have a name yet but he is on exhibit and guests are welcome to see him.
The slender-horned gazelle is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan (SSP). Naples Zoo participates to help create sustainable populations of threatened and endangered species within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.
“The mother and father of the new baby were specifically matched by the SSP based on their ancestry, to create the greatest genetic diversity in the population over the next century,” the Zoo said.