Baby yellow-backed duiker makes Little Rock Zoo debut

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 28, 2017) -- The Little Rock Zoo recently welcomed a new member to its family with the arrival of a female yellow-backed duiker, born June 15 to first-time parents Maji and Stanley.

Relative newcomers to the Little Rock Zoo themselves, Maji and Stanley were introduced just last summer. Their arrival marked first time this species has called the Zoo home. Maji came to Little Rock from the Dallas Zoo, while Stanley was previously at the Cincinnati Zoo. Yellow-backed duikers are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan, which makes breeding recommendations for certain animals.

"We are overjoyed to welcome this new calf, and so soon after her parents were introduced to us," Zoo Director Susan Altrui said. "We are always thrilled to contribute to the conservation of threatened animals like the yellow-baked duiker. Guests will get to watch her grow up before their very eyes."

Known for their distinctive yellow stripe, the yellow-backed duikers are a species of antelope native to African forests. These shy, fruit-loving animals are considered near threatened in the wild, with their population in decline because of habitat destruction and hunting.

The calf doesn't have a name yet. She has access to both the inside den and the outside exhibits, and if she's outside it is likely that she is hiding in the vegetation near her mother. The yellow stripe will start to come in on the calf in about six months, around the time she is weaned.

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