BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo announces the birth of a female sable

December 21 2017

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of a female sable on December 10, 2017 to a first-time 4-year-old mother in the Zoo’s Africa loop. Interestingly, the calf will actually lie down & hide for the first few weeks of life and then begin to follow the mother. This new sable appears to be progressing normally. The last sable born at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo occurred in 2001.

The Zoo’s current collection of Sable were brought to the Zoo in 2016. The male is from San Diego and the females came from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas.

Sable are native to Southeastern Africa and thrive in the woodlands and savannah, always staying near water sources. The male and female sable both have horns, with the males simply being larger. The male features a black coat and the females have a brown coat.