BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Zoo has a new adorable addition to the family!
A male Nile lechwe was born at the zoo on Saturday, Nov. 2. Officials say this breed of antelope is currently listed as endangered because its population has decreased by more than 50 percent over recent years.
"We've been extremely pleased with the success we've found in breeding our Nile lechwe as part of the greater Species Survival Plan (SSP)," said Sam Winslow, General Curator. "The SSP is a program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that we participate in, as well as all accredited zoos across the country. The goal of the SSP is to maintain a healthy population among endangered animals that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable, and that's exactly what we've been able to do with our Nile lechwes."