August 9, 2022 (BALTIMORE, MD) – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to announce the delivery of a feminine blue duiker (DIKE-er) named Marigold. She was born on July twenty fourth to Flower (feminine) and Kuruka (male).
The delivery was a results of a breeding advice from the Blue Duiker Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP gives breeding suggestions to maximise genetic variety, with the objective of guaranteeing well being of the person animal, in addition to the long-term survival of the species inhabitants to assist save animals from extinction.
“Marigold is wholesome and gaining weight as she bonds together with her mom within the barn,” stated Erin Grimm, Curator of Mammals on the Maryland Zoo. “We’ve had good success breeding blue duikers. That is the third calf from our feminine, Flower, and the primary for our male, Kuruka.
Blue duikers are small. Adults are about the identical measurement as a housecat. Marigold at present weighs about 700 grams, which is roughly one and a half kilos.
Marigold may run inside hours of delivery however, as with most duiker calves, gained’t roam freely for the primary a number of weeks of life. Within the wild, the calves keep hidden within the underbrush and wait for his or her moms to return nurse them. They’re weaned by 3 months of age and attain full measurement at about 6 months. With out an excessive amount of prompting from their mother and father, calves will depart their residence territories between the ages of 1 and a pair of years, upon reaching sexual maturity.
Blue duiker (Philantomba monticola) is a species of antelope discovered within the forests of western, southern and jap Africa. The duiker will get its identify from the Afrikaans phrase ‘duiker’ which suggests to dive as a result of the animals will duck away into bushes when hazard threatens. As adults, they’ll weigh seven to twenty kilos. Whereas they’re at present not categorized as threatened or endangered, their inhabitants is affected by over-hunting and lack of habitat.
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