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Posted: Friday, May 4, 2018 10:44 am

    Over the past week, two new babies made their exhibit debuts under the watchful eyes of their mothers and the rest of their corresponding herds.

On April 19th, after an approximately 9 month pregnancy, a rare Giant Eland was born. The female calf weighed 62 pounds and was the 3rd calf for the 6 year old mother and the 4 year old father’s first calf at Zoo Miami. After remaining off exhibit for a short time to insure that baby and mother bonded well, they were introduced to their exhibit to join the rest of the herd and both mother and baby are doing very well.

    Giant Eland are the world’s largest antelope with males can often weighing over 2,000 pounds. Females are significantly smaller. They are found in small areas of the savannahs and woodlands of Central Africa and are listed as vulnerable with the major threats being habitat destruction and hunting for their meat.

   On April 23rd, a female Sable antelope was born. The newborn weighed 35 pounds and was the 4th offspring for the 9 year old mother. Like the Giant Eland, Sable antelopes have a pregnancy of approximately 9 months.

Sable antelope are found in savannah woodlands of Eastern Africa south of Kenya down into South Africa. They are considered one of the most majestic and beautiful of the world’s antelopes. Males can weigh close to 600 pounds, have majestic ridged horns that curve backwards and can approach 4 feet long. Females are slightly smaller. The males can become a jet black color with contrasting white markings on their face when sexually mature and the females are dark brown. Though they are not endangered, their

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