ASHEBORO — The North Carolina Zoos summer baby boom has continued with the arrival of three newborn kudus in the past week.
Two of the baby kudus a species of antelope native to the African savanna are now on exhibit, zoo spokesman Tom Gillespie said. The third kudu calf is undergoing medical treatment before also moving to the 37-acre African Plains exhibit, which hosts nine different species, including rhinos.
The births come after Juma, a female baby giraffe, arrived less than three weeks ago. She is not yet on exhibit.
Another kudu and two fringe-eared oryx calves also were born in the past two months.
People are always interested in young animals, Gillespie said. We get a lot of reaction from social media from people about how much they like them.
The zoos kudu population now totals 15, Gillespie noted.
The animals, which have a gestation period of eight months, tend to be fairly common at zoos in the United States, he added. They are not threatened in their native habitat.