WCS's Queens Zoo Welcomes Four New Pronghorn Antelope Fawns
Flushing, N.Y- June 27, 2011 - The
Wildlife Conservation Society’s
Queens Zoo is happy to announce the birth of four pronghorn antelope fawns born
at the zoo.
pronghorn antelope is the lone member of the family Antilocapridae. They are
true American natives that do not occur anywhere else in the world and are the
second-fastest land animal in the world – second only to the cheetah.
four fawns were born to two different mothers a week apart, one delivering two
females and the other having a male and a female. Each tiny fawn has a coat of
beautiful soft-brown fur and enormous dark-brown eyes. They are already starting
to run and prance on their signature long legs which give the species its
of the babies can be seen on the zoo’s farm. Zoo-goers can watch as zookeepers
bottle-feed a nutrient-rich formula to these young animals several times a day.
The two younger fawns remain in the pronghorn exhibit on the wild side of the
new fawns bring the zoo’s pronghorn herd up to eight. A species known for
taking long trips in the wild, adult pronghorns at the zoo spend much of their
time running through their large, open exhibit space. The exhibit is a naturalistic
design resembling their native North American plains. Pronghorns are second
only to Arctic caribou for long distance migration in the Western Hemisphere.
live alongside the zoo’s bison herd –
two species that share the same landscape in nature, making this exhibit an
authentic experience for both the animals and visitors.
In the wild, pronghorn populations are threatened by new
roads, fences, development, and resource extraction activities that are
increasingly encroaching upon, and restricting, access to suitable habitat.
WCS’s North America Program scientists are currently in the field tracking the
migration of pronghorn along corridors, including Wyoming’s Path of the
Pronghorn. This research will provide the information needed to understand and
protect these animals and enable them to continue to wander over great open
Video Credit: Luke Groskin © WCS
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