On April 30 the Hoofstock team at the Houston Zoo welcomed its newest member to our Gerenuk herd. Josie (a first time mom) delivered a healthy baby boy around mid-day. Forty-five minutes later, the calf was already on his feet and nursing. “Julius” is already showing his personality as a strong, spunky little calf who loves running.

Josie Gerenuk

Gerenuk are other worldly looking gazelles, known for their long skinny necks and legs. Actually, the term Gerenuk means “giraffe-necked” in the Somali language. Not only do they look different, they have a unique ability that sets them apart from any other antelope or gazelle species. Gerenuk gazelles are able to stand and balance themselves on their hind legs to reach the higher leaves that many other animals cannot reach. Gerenuk have been known to stand on their hind legs like this at only 2 weeks old. It shouldn’t be long until we will be seeing Julius do the same.

Josie with mom 2

Next time you come to the Houston Zoo, make sure you stop by to visit our Gerenuk family. And keep your eyes wide open. Julius often likes to nap in the grass when he isn’t playing.

 

One Response to “There’s a New Member of the Gerenuk Herd”

  1. Brian says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

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