Lesser Kudu Calf Born on the Cincinnati Zoo


Neonate employees offering supportive take care of new child 

CINCINNATI, OH (January 18, 2023) – A feminine lesser kudu calf was born Monday morning on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard. After vets and keepers noticed first-time mother Sabi’s interactions with the infant, they intervened to ensure it acquired important vitamins and heat.  

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“We didn’t see nursing or a lot curiosity from first-time mother Sabi, so we stepped in and fed the calf,” mentioned Eric Byrd, zoological supervisor on the Cincinnati Zoo. “We have been additionally in a position to give the infant plasma that had been collected from her mother and saved when she had a hoof process.  This can present passive switch of antibodies.” 

The purpose remains to be to maintain the infant together with her mother and the herd, however a brief nursery has been arrange within the barn so the Zoo’s neonate employees can present supportive care.   

“She’s receiving six bottle feedings a day proper now and spending days together with her dam and the opposite feminine, Sabi’s mother Fjorda,” mentioned Byrd.  “The care crew will get each day weights, socializes together with her, and makes positive that she stays secure with the adults.”  

Sabi is 2 years outdated and got here to the Cincinnati Zoo in April of 2023 from the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory with Fjorda. Dad is 10-year-old Hobbes, a male that has been on the Cincinnati Zoo since 2017.   

Lesser kudu are sexually dimorphic with the males having a grey-brown cover and horns, whereas females have a reddish-brown cover and no horns. They’re at all times looking out for predators like lions and painted canine. There isn’t a fastened breeding season for lesser kudu so births happen all year long. Females attain sexual maturity at 15-18 months. Being pregnant lasts 7 to eight months and normally ends in the beginning of a single calf.  

The herd will stay behind the scenes throughout the chilly months.  The Zoo will put up updates on mother and child on its social channels.