Makena, a Grevy's zebra foal, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo June 22.Photo by Christy Poelker, courtesy of Saint Louis Zooo
The Saint Louis Zoo has announced the birth of seven animals this summer. All of the babies can be seen in the Red Rocks area of the zoo.
A female Grevy's zebra foal was born at the zoo on June 22. She's making her public debut July 16. Makena, which means "happy one" in the East African language of Kikuyu, weighed 120 pounds at birth. Her parents are mother, 11-year-old Tiombe, and father, 11-year-old Gao. The Saint Louis Zoo's WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa supports conservation of the endangered Grevy's zebra and other unique species in that region. In the last 30 years, the number of wild Grevy's zebras has dropped sharply, from 15,000 to fewer than 2,200.
A female lesser kudu named Esther was born on June 28 to Thelma and Bruce. The calf weighed 12.8 pounds at birth. These shy east African antelopes live in the safety of dense vegetation and thickets. Their sleek haircoats are marked with vertical white body stripes which camouflage them in their woodland habitat. The lesser kudu population in the wild is near threatened.
A female lowland nyala named Monsoon was born on June 10 to mother Nini and father Cloud. Monsoon weighed 15.2 pounds at birth. This elusive antelope lives in southern Africa and is one of the largest antelope, standing over four feet at the shoulder.
A female addax named Elsa was born May 15 to mother Fola. A male addax, named Heath, was born June 3 to mother Marshmella. Elsa weighed 14.4 pounds and Heath weighed 12.6 pounds at birth. The addax is a critically endangered species native to the Saharan Desert. The Zoo's WildCare Institute Saharan Wildlife Recovery Center is working to protect the addax and other species in their native habitats.
Two red kangaroo joeys are now making their way out of their moms' pouches and starting to explore their habitat. They were born about the size of lima beans back in December 2013.
Sneak a peek at all of these babies at the Saint Louis Zoo's Red Rocks exhibits. The Saint Louis Zoo is located at One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110. Call 314-781-0900.