Posted on 06/30/2021 at 10:12 AM by Ryan Bickel
In addition to a pair of Red River hogs, Blank Park Zoo has several other new animals that visitors can enjoy now.
“It’s a great time to visit Blank Park Zoo,” said Anne Shimerdla, president and CEO. “It was impossible for animals to travel to the Zoo during the height of the pandemic but we have now been able to bring several new species to Blank Park Zoo this spring.”
New to Jamaa Kwa Africa, visitors will notice an additional Hartmann’s Mountain zebra named Hannah, a breeding pair of yellow-backed duikers and a couple of addax calves that were born in April and May. Raza the giraffe calf, who was born in January, is also very exciting to watch.
The yellow-backed duiker is a unique-looking forest dwelling antelope that is taller at the rear than the shoulders and has yellow hairs on its rump.
Sure to give visitors a chuckle when venturing over to the Australia Adventure path, a laughing kookaburra chick hatched earlier this spring and now has fledged out of the nest. Also new in the Australia Adventure, guests will find a pair of tawny frogmouth chicks, which are soon to leave the nest in the Australia aviary.
Zoo fans may remember Raz the red panda, and he returns to Blank Park Zoo and rejoins the red panda habitat with Tudou the red panda. Introductions are currently underway and visitors will be able to enjoy viewing him next month.
Shimerdla says there may be a couple more surprises later this summer.