Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) Trunkline Magazine: September 2016 - Page 4

The Cuban crocodile, the Sumatran tiger, the western lowland gorilla, the Saharan addax. What do all of these animals have in common? You can find them all at your Louisville Zoo. They are also all classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). We were thrilled to celebrate the very important birth of a male Saharan addax calf on June 14th, 2016. It was the first addax born at the Louisville Zoo since 2013. Night keepers named the new calf Henri after the French zoologist Henri Blainville, who first described the addax in 1816. The Louisville Zoo is currently home to four addax: Henri; Hodge, six-year-old father of Henri; Roxanne, 13-year-old mother of Henri; and Patella or “Ella”, a 13-year-old female. Henri was out and about in the exhibit on his very first day in the world. At first, he kept near to mom Roxanne, but nowadays, he enjoys running really fast around the yard. His little horns are growing daily and he has begun practicing his sparring with mom and Ella, which addax do to establish dominance. You can identify all of our addax by their horn shape. Hodge’s right side horn is lower or drops. Roxanne’s horns stick straight out. Ella’s come almost back and touch in the center. Addax are typically aggressive antelope and Roxanne routinely reminds her keepers and Zoo staff that she is in charge, especially with a new baby around. Addax are one of 90 species of antelope. Of the 90 species, 24 are considered threatened with extinction. Five species of antelope are considered critically endangered; the addax is at the top of that list. Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the addax to the precipice of extinction. The formerly remote habitats of the addax have become major crossroads for the illicit trade of wildlife, arms, drugs and migrants. In March 2016, researchers funded by the Save Our Species Initiative and the St. Louis Zoo spent 18 hours of flight time over the key reserves in Niger looking for addax. They found none. At the same time, surveyors on the ground found only three addax. The estimate is that the total addax population in the remnant wild is now less than 100 animals. National legislation in Niger fully protects the addax, meaning the hunting and removal of live addax for any reason is strictly forbidden. Yet the addax population has still suffered a 4 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2016 The Cuban crocodile, the Sumatran tiger, the western lowland gorilla, the Saharan addax. What do all of these animals have in common? You can find them all at your Louisville Zoo. They are also all classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). We were thrilled to celebrate the very important birth of a male Saharan addax calf on June 14th, 2016. It was the first addax born at the Louisville Zoo since 2013. Night keepers named the new calf Henri after the French zoologist Henri Blainville, who first described the addax in 1816. The Louisville Zoo is currently home to four addax: Henri; Hodge, six-year-old father of Henri; Roxanne, 13-year-old mother of Henri; and Patella or “Ella”, a 13-year-old female. Henri was out and about in the exhibit on his very first day in the world. At first, he kept near to mom Roxanne, but nowadays, he enjoys running really fast around the yard. His little horns are growing daily and he has begun practicing his sparring with mom and Ella, which addax do to establish dominance. You can identify all of our addax by their horn shape. Hodge’s right side horn is lower or drops. Roxanne’s horns stick straight out. Ella’s come almost back and touch in the center. Addax are typically aggressive antelope and Roxanne routinely reminds her keepers and Zoo staff that she is in charge, especially with a new baby around. Addax are one of 90 species of antelope. Of the 90 species, 24 are considered threatened with extinction. Five species of antelope are considered critically endangered; the addax is at the top of that list. Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the addax to the precipice of extinction. The formerly re єх)ѡٔ)ȁɽɽ́ȁѡ((Ѓ1ե٥iQչ()Ʌݥɵ̰՝́)Ʌ̸%5ɍذɕ͕ɍ́չѡMٔ=ȁM)%ѥѥٔѡMи1ե́i(́Ёѥٕȁѡ)ɕ͕ٕ́9ȁȁ)Q䁙չЁѡͅѥ)ٕ́ѡɽչչ)ѡɕกQѥє́ѡ)ѡѽхձѥѡ)ɕЁݥ́܁́ѡ)̸)9ѥͱѥ9ȁձ)ɽѕ́ѡఁѡ)չѥɕم)ٔȁ)ɕͽ́ɥѱ)ɉeЁѡ)ձѥ)́ѥՙɕ((0