3 dama gazelle calves born at Columbus Zoo

The zoo claims the calves, which had been born all through January and February in the Coronary heart of Africa location, are thriving.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating the births of three dama gazelle calves – the rarest of all gazelles – this 12 months.

The zoo suggests the calves, which were born all through January and February in the Heart of Africa location, are flourishing thanks to added support from their specialist care team.

A feminine calf was born on Jan. 21 to to start with-time mom, Kix. The calf was the very first beginning of the yr at the zoo.

The subsequent working day, the treatment group noted that her temperature was a little bit higher than usual. As a precaution, she obtained a catheter and was addressed with antibiotics, plasma and meloxicam.

Three days later, her labwork was typical. Kix has remained an attentive mom, the zoo reported.

The next was born on Jan. 31, as seasoned mother Susie welcomed her female calf with sire, Zultan.

The treatment group noticed the calf was not nursing right away. When they stepped in with a bottle, the calf latched swiftly and commenced nursing from her mother in the identical feeding session.

Just after also acquiring a catheter for a couple of times, the zoo suggests the calf is rather playful and spunky. They include she’s getting soon after her mom, whose total identify is Susie Cruise, simply because she was quite lively when she was a youthful calf and appreciated to run.


The 3rd calf, a male, was born on Feb. 7 to mother, Raisin, and father, Kabili, who also sired Kix’s calf.

Although the calf did not have any concerns nursing, the care workforce noticed him at times splaying, which could benefits in additional significant issues afterwards.

The workforce utilised a “hobble” procedure on his back legs to enable present assist and stabilization though he created his power. The zoo claims the procedure was taken out soon after a couple of times and he has since been active, robust and wholesome.

“Since Coronary heart of Africa opened in 2014, we’ve welcomed 14 dama gazelle calves, and every start is distinctive and critical to the survival of this exceptional species,” claimed Shannon Borders, curator of the Columbus Zoo’s Heart of Africa location. “While the dama can weigh up to 165 lbs and is the premier of all gazelle species, the small calves from time to time involve supplemental care and clinical interest when they’re initially born. We’re happy of the commitment and know-how of our care teams, who stepped in to help be certain that the calves have what they want for their health and overall wellbeing. Currently, they are almost as speedy as the grown ups, and guests will before long have the option to discover far more about the species whilst observing them on our savanna.”

The 3 calves have not still been named and carry on to bond with their moms and just one one more in a behind-the-scenes location. The zoo says the calves have obtain to yards adjacent to their barns on nicer days.

The Heart of Africa region is at present closed for the winter season months and is scheduled to reopen in the spring.