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Elk calf debuts at Queens Zoo


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

PAULINA TAM

A recent edition to the Queens Zoo has joined the rest of his herd.

The zoo welcomed a Roosevelt elk calf on June 10, making the total number of its elks five. The healthy 25-pound boy is now with the other elks in the zoo’s woodland habitat, the Wildlife Conservation Society said on Monday.

The Roosevelt elk is the largest sub-species of elk in North America and adult bulls (males) can weight up to 1,100 pounds while cows (females) can weigh up to 700 pounds.

Their main diet consists of eating herbaceous plants and a wide range of berries. Life expectancy of the mammals is approximately 25 years when raised in captivity. Both male and females elks have brown hides.

 

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One-pound pudu, world’s smallest deer species, born at Queens Zoo


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

It’s a girl!

The Queens Zoo recently welcomed a new edition—a southern pudu, the world’s smallest deer species.

Born on April 29, the female fawn weighed one pound at birth, and can reach 20 pounds and around 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder as an adult, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. It is still nursing, but will soon transition to a diet of fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay.

Native to Chile and Argentina, southern pudu make up for their small stature in other ways, according to the WCS. They bark when they sense danger, can climb fallen trees and when chased by predators run in a zig-zag pattern.

Last summer, another southern pudu, also weighing about one pound at birth, was born at the zoo.

The Queens Zoo breeds pudu, which are designated “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as part of the Species Survival Program.  The cooperative breeding program was created to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 

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VIDEO: Queens Zoo welcomes two-year-old Andean bear


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Screenshot / Video courtesy of Wildlife Conservation Society

The Queens Zoo has a new Andean bear and one of its female animals has a much younger new mate.

Bouba, a male, recently arrived in the borough from a zoo in France, and shares a habitat with another Andean bear, a female named Spangles, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

“Bouba’s energy will make him a star,” said Scott Silver, animal curator and director of the Queens Zoo. “He represents an important addition to the Andean bear breeding program among zoos in the United States.”

Andean bears, also known as spectacled bears, are the only bear species endemic to South America, and are declining in the wild due to habitat loss and hunting, according to the WCS.

If Bouba gets together with his female habitat mate, Spangles would be considered a “cougar.”

Spangles is 23 years old, while Bouba is only two.

 

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World’s smallest deer born at Queens Zoo


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of WCS/Julie Larsen Maher

The Queens Zoo recently welcomed a new edition, an endangered southern pudu—the world’s smallest deer.

Weighing one pound at birth, the yet-to-be-named doe is still nursing, but will soon start eating fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Once it stops growing, it will be 12 to 14 inches at its shoulder and weigh as much as 20 pounds.

Native to Chile and Argentina, southern pudu make up for their small stature in other ways, according to the WCS. They bark when they sense danger, can climb fallen trees and when chased by predators run in a zig-zag pattern.

 

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