GRACEFUL KIDDIES – GOITERED GAZELLE CALVES WERE BORN IN OUR REPRODUCTION CENTER
The newly born goitered gazelle (gazelle family) is very difficult to see straight away. For the first few days of their life, the calves simply lie on the ground looking like a gray stone with large ears. Only after a while, they get up on their feet and begin to follow their mother.
Four goitered gazelle calves were born in our Reproduction Center for the rare animal species this May - 3 males and 1 female. They are strong enough now to explore the aviary and play with each other - running races. They are still quite small, but in speed, they can outstrip an adult animal.
“One of our female goitered gazelles required the help of a veterinarian during the birth process. The male calf was too big, which caused some difficulties. But thanks to the professional help of the staff, everything went well. After giving birth, the mother adopted her cub and began to feed it normally,” said Svetlana Akulova, General Director of Moscow Zoo.
The main food for the calves for now is their mother's milk, but they already try to copy their parents and try "grown-up" food: grass, branches, special compound feed. As a delicacy and the environment enrichment, we give our goitered gazelles some baby carrots, apples and pumpkin. And they really like to look for their favorite treats in the grass.
There are 11 goitered gazelles living in the Reproduction Center now. Adult animals were brought from the “Goitered gazelle” eco-center in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan. The creation of reserve populations of these animals in reserves and zoos is a very important conservation task aimed at preserving this rare species.