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[Zoonaute news] Holiday season brings prancing and pawing of pawing ol little hooves to tampa's lowry park zoo

le Ven 20 Déc 2013, 15:03
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.

Lowland Nyala
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.


© Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent

Common Waterbuck
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.


© Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent

Bontebok
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.


© Dave Parkinson, Zoo docent

About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has been named the No. 1 zoo in America by both Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004).  The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Parking is free. Visit LowryParkZoo.com or call (813) 935-8552 for information.  Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.

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