Maryland Zoo welcomes 3 baby antelope

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 17:41:57-05

The Maryland Zoo’s antelope family is growing.

Two female sitatunga calves were born on Dec. 7 and Christmas Day, and a male lesser kudu—the first to be born at the zoo—was born Dec. 18.

The first sitatunga calf has been named Jess and weighs about 21 pounds. The second, named Noel, weighs almost 15 pounds.

The male lesser kudu calf, Kaiser, is around three feet tall and is 26 pounds.           

Lesser kudu are one of eight species of African spiral-horned antelope. At the Maryland Zoo, the lesser kudu can be found in the African Watering Hole exhibit along with addra gazelle and saddle-billed storks.          

The sitatunga is a species of antelope native to Central Africa. The zoo’s sitatunga herd is made up of 12 animals, including the new calves, and can be found in two exhibit spaces along the boardwalk in the African Journey section. 

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