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Fall brings hoofed baby boom to Lowry Park Zoo


Published:   |   Updated: December 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

They aren’t reindeer, but the holiday season did bring a lot of other hoofed, baby animals to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

Over the past two months the Tampa zoo has welcomed the birth of a lowland nyala calf, a common waterbuck calf and a bontebok calf.

The female lowland nyala, a dense forest antelope native to southern Africa, was born Nov. 30. It was the second of its kind born at the zoo.

The male waterbuck, native to the grasslands south of the Sahara, was born Nov. 18 and was the 10th waterbuck born at the zoo this year.

The bontebok, born Oct. 31, was the first of its species to be born at the zoo. Bonteboks were historically confined to the plains of southern Africa, where hunting reduced them to the verge of extinction, the zoo said.

All three of the calves can now be seen at the zoo.

 

For more exotic baby animals born locally at Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens, visit our photo gallery.

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