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Abilene Zoo Welcomes Addax Calf, Kélo

Abilene Zoo proudly announces the birth of its first Addax calf, a male named Kélo. He was born to first-time parents Néma and Rosso on February 25th.
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Abilene Zoo proudly announces the birth of its first Addax calf, a male named Kélo. He was born to first-time parents Néma and Rosso on February 25th. This milestone marks a significant moment for both the zoo and global conservation efforts, as Addax are critically endangered species facing alarming population declines.

“We are very excited to welcome Kélo, he is the first baby Addax born here and we are thrilled to play an active role in ensuring this species doesn’t go extinct in the wild,” stated Zoo Keeper, Amberlee. “There have been a lot of conservation efforts to increase the population of Addax and zoos’ breeding programs, like ours, have played a critical role.” 

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Named after the city located in southern Chad, Kélo joins his parents Néma and Rosso, who are also named after cities in the African continent. Once abundant in North Africa, Addax is now extinct in several countries and is currently only found in Chad, Mauritania, and Niger. 

“Kélo is a curious and energetic addition to our family. Guests may catch glimpses of him exploring his habitat, frolicking and style trotting under the watchful eye of his mother, Néma. Addax calves, like Kélo, are nesters who often seek out safe and hidden spots, making every sighting a special moment for our guests” mentioned Amberlee.

Recognized as the most desert-adapted African antelope, Addax possess unique physical adaptations that enable them to thrive in harsh desert environments – like surviving without water almost indefinitely, getting moisture from their food. Their hooves are flat with strong dewclaws to help them walk over sand, and their white summer coats reflect light from the sun.
Visitors can now see Kélo bonding with his parents and the rest of the herd, contributing to vital efforts to raise awareness and importance of wildlife conservation.

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