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    Brookfield Zoo Home to New Addax Antelope Calf

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    On June 7th, a 19-pound male addax antelope calf was born at the Brookfield zoo. The birth is of high importance considering the addax antelope species is classified as endangered.

    Addax antelopes are close to extinction in the Sahara deserts, as only about 300 of them are currently living in the wild.

    In some exciting news, on June 7th, a 19-pound male addax antelope calf was born at the Brookefield Zoo. The birth is of high importance considering the addax antelope species is classified as endangered.

    A conservation program urged zoo authorities to match the parents of the new calf, 4-year-old Sara and 11-year-old Winston, as part of a breeding program to preserve the species.

    The baby was born on exhibit, giving zoo guests an unforgettable sight. The male calf has tiny horn buds, which will transition into real horns within several weeks.

    To make the case even more heartwarming, the calf will have playmates. A few other female addax antelopes are expected to give birth this summer.

    The antelopes are desert-adapted with wide hooves and shorter-than-average legs. Their horns extend roughly three feet and have a spiral appearance.