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Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: February 25, 2022 12:01 am

New Klipspringer at Brookfield Zoo

A female klipspringer named Asali (right) recently arrived at Brookfield Zoo from Lincoln Park Zoo to be paired with Yukon, a 4-year-old male klipspringer. Her transfer to the west suburban zoo was based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Klipspringer Species Survival Plan.

Photo Credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

Asali, a female klipspringer has made a short move across Chicago from the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Brookfield Zoo. Born at Lincoln Park in December 2020 she has made the move to Brookfield zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah.

The name Asali comes from the Swahili word for "honey."

Her move to Brookfield Zoo follows a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Klipspringer Species Survival Plan (SSP). An SSP helps to manage a healthy and self-sustaining population of species that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable across AZA accredited zoos.

At present there are 26 klipspringer housed in nine accredited zoos across North America.

Asali was determined as a good match for a 4 year old male Yukon at the Brookfield Zoo where he has lived since 2019.

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Fully grown klipspringers stand just 2ft tall. They are found on rocky outcrops known as kopjes across Africa.

Their name translates from Afrikaans as "rock jumper" relating to the relative ease with which they can scale rocky surfaces. A slight upward arch to their back assists with these jumps.

In front of the eye sits a large, slit-like gland which produces secretions used for scent marking.

Learn more about Klipspringers here – Klipspringer Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Brookfield Zoo on their website – Brookfield Zoo

New Klipspringer at Brookfield Zoo

A female klipspringer named Asali (right) recently arrived at Brookfield Zoo from Lincoln Park Zoo to be paired with Yukon, a 4-year-old male klipspringer. Her transfer to the west suburban zoo was based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Klipspringer Species Survival Plan.

Photo Credit: Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

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