MEMPHIS, TENN. – Memphis Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a female nyala. She is the latest baby born at Memphis Zoo this year. To date, more than 330 babies have been born here since January 1. She weighed about 11 pounds at birth.
The calf, named “Maggie,” is the first nyala calf to be born in the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp exhibit since it opened in April 2016. Mother and baby are doing well, and can be seen on exhibit in Zambezi River Hippo Camp.
“We knew Maggie was special the moment she joined our small herd of nyala,” said Farshid Mehrdadfar, Curator. “It’s not hard to fall in love with an animal as adorable as Maggie.”
Nyala are members of the antelope family. Females do not have horns and have a short, striped coat. These grazers spend most of their day eating. In fact, nyala have been known to follow some animals while they eat – such as troops of baboons – to eat leftover fruit that has been dropped to the ground.
Memphis Zoo has housed nyala off and on since 1999.