Des Moines Zoo introduces two nyala calves

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Des Moines Blank Park Zoo is announcing a pair of nyala calves (spiral horned antelopes) were born last month just two days apart at the Zoo. ‘Hamilton,’ a male, was born to ‘Zoe’ on June 19 and ‘Ruby,’ a female, was born to ‘Bailey’ on June 21.

“They each have a unique personality and like to hide in the exhibit,” said Shannon McKinney, chief animal care officer at Blank Park Zoo. “They are absolutely adorable.”

Zoo officials say the

Keepers noted that they are outside in their habitat every day, but visitors may have to spend some extra time to look for the calves because their mothers can be very protective and try to hide them.

It has been really fun watching the calves grow up together. Since the calves were born two days apart, they spend a lot of time together running on the yard or cooling off in the misters,” said Kayla Freeman, supervisor of large mammals.

Nyala are native to Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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