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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Baby steenbok born at the Abilene Zoo

Baby steenbok at Abilene Zoo

The Abilene Zoo had a wonderful Christmas gift born on December 9, 2021; a baby steenbok!

Go to MyABI TV, the City's YouTube channel to see video of the newborn steenbok nursing. You can also click here: https://youtu.be/ABLMJmfTQng

This species of antelope inhabits most of southern Africa. The newborn female weighs just under two pounds. When full grown, a steenbok female can weigh up to twenty eight pounds. 

The Abilene Zoo’s Animal Care team is currently hand-raising this baby, who was born slightly under weight and did not begin nursing immediately. "We are going to ensure she is receiving the proper nutrition," said Dr. Stephanie Carle, Senior Veterinarian. “She is gaining weight and growing and we are pleased with her development.” 

The Abilene Zoo’s hope is to reunite her with her mother shortly after the first of the new year.