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Tiny Antelope Calf Springs to Life at Brevard Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 5, 2020 8:20 pm

Brevard Zoo Klipspringer

The klipspringer calf at the Brevard Zoo

Photo Credit: Brevard Zoo

An adorable baby klipspringer is the newest arrival at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. The klipspringer is a tiny antelope found in the rocky areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

Four year old mother, Deborah gave birth to the calf on Sunday August 23rd. The father is five year old Ajabu. The calf was confirmed as a male during a neonatal exam soon after the birth. At this time vets determined he was in good health.

At birth the calf weighed a tiny 0.7kg (1.5lbs) and as an adult they grow to between 8-18kg (18-40lbs).

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Brevard Zoo Klipspringer

The klipspringer calf at the Brevard Zoo

Photo Credit: Brevard Zoo

The klipspringer gives birth to a single calf after a seven month gestation period. They are sure-footed when climbing in their rocky habitat and this helps them avoid predators such as the caracal or birds of prey.

Currently the klipspringer does not face any major threat though humans may hunt them for their meat or hide.

Learn more about the klipspringer Klipspringer Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Brevard Zoo on their website – Brevard Zoo

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