An endangered deer was born at the Maryland Zoo
BALTIMORE, MD (WHTM) — They call her “Jinx” because she was born onriday the 13th.
The Maryland Zoo announced the birth of a female deer calf, Adra, on Wednesday, and they’re describing her mother, Blanche, as a “high achiever.”
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Blanche was brought to Baltimore in late fall, with plans to breed her with the zoo’s male deer. This was part of the Addra Deer Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). But when Blanche arrived, she was already expecting a blessed event.
For now, the tall little bundle of joy is being kept indoors. “We kept Jinx warm and dry in the barn to bond with her mom. She will take trips outdoors as she grows and the weather is warm,” said Erin Grimm, curator of mammals at the Maryland Zoo.
While her arrival means the zoo will have to put breeding plans on hold for a while, Jinx is a welcome addition to both the zoo and the species. Adra gazelle (Nanger dama) is also known as Dama Gazelle and Mhorr Gazelle. They are the largest and tallest species of deer. These animals are native to the Sahara Desert in Africa, from Sudan to the Mauritanian region. The Adra gazelle is under serious threat due to habitat loss due to natural desertification and overgrazing by livestock. They also face poaching and poaching for horns and meat, as well as non-human predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas, and cheetahs. Addra gazelles were seen in large flocks; Today it is rare to see groups larger than 20 in the wild.
All of this is why zoos and aquariums are adopting species survival planning all over the world. Captive animal populations can develop inbreeding problems, which can be counteracted by moving animals between facilities. This helps maintain genetic diversity so that individual animals are healthy, which in turn improves the species’ long-term survival prospects.
The Baltimore Zoo’s adra deer herd consists of three animals, Blanche, 17-year-old Mokoro and, of course, Jinx.
During warmer weather, you can see Addra gazelle in the zoo’s African waterhole habitat, along a path near flamingos, rhinos, ostriches, zebras, warthogs, and blue duikers (an incredibly cute antelope the size of a house cat).
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