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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo announces birth of Nile lechwe

December 07, 2011

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a female Nile lechwe. She was born Monday, December 5 and is doing well on exhibit with mom.

At birth, the lechwe weighs about 13 or 14 pounds, and the female will grow to be about 2.8 feet high at the shoulder and weigh up to 198 lbs. Native to the floodplains of the Nile River Valley, the Nile lechwe belongs to a family of African antelope known as Reduncines. Most are found in southern Sudan and some in western Ethiopia.

"This baby is an important birth at our Zoo," said Sam Winslow, assistant director and general curator. "A female Nile lechwe will help us continue to have a strong, breeding herd."

A special feature for this antelope is its longer hooves. Unlike most antelope, these hooves are great for walking and running in wet, swampy environments, a helpful adaptation for their habitat that experiences regular flooding.

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BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the new Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.

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Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

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