The last few months have seen the pitter-patter of tiny hooves at Monarto Zoo with the birth of some very adorable ungulates!
Our dedicated ungulate keeping team has been very busy, with many small arrivals that need to be cared for and monitored.
Since last November, the zoo has seen the births of five tiny Blackbuck, including super sweet Willow who is being hand raised by the dedicated keepers at Adelaide Zoo.
Four adorable Red Deer also joined the herd at Monarto Zoo last December. The youngsters love hanging around together and can often be seen resting with one another in the shade of their exhibit.
The month of January brought with it two not-so-little American Bison calves. While the girls are looking a little wobbly on their legs at the moment, they are quickly being taught by their huge parents how to run and graze like the rest of the herd.
A super cute Waterbuck calf also joined our wild family in January, and is quickly warming the hearts of keepers with her speedy outbursts as she races around her exhibit with her mum and older brother.
We’ve also welcomed three Scimitar-horned Oryxs since December last year, who aren’t aware that they mark an extremely important contribution to our breeding program for this incredible species.
Once widespread across North Africa, the Scimitar-horned Oryx is now sadly classified as extinct in the wild. We’re proud to have bred more than 30 oryx at Monarto Zoo, helping to ensure a brighter future for this beautiful antelope.
As a conservation charity, every day we fight to save species from around the globe from extinction and breeding successes like these are at the heart of what we do.
This baby boom follows a string of breeding successes at Monarto Zoo in 2017, including three lofty giraffes, five fluffy Cheetah cubs, two zebra foals, some prickly African Crested Porcupines, two gorgeous Spotted Hyenas and a host of important native animal births.
Make sure you stop by Monarto Zoo soon to welcome the new arrivals to our wild family!