Residents at the Round Barn are leaping for joy over the birth of a yellow-backed duiker, born June 28.
The baby boy, named "Chester," was born to parents "Ike" and "Tina." Ike, 10 years old, is on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo. Tina, a 3-year-old on loan from the Brookfield Zoo, is a first-time mother.
The family is doing well and can be seen on exhibit at the Round Barn. This is the first yellow-backed duiker birth in several years. The Memphis Zoo has housed these small antelopes since 1992.
"We're excited over Chester's arrival," Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs said. "Tina is a first-time mother, but she's handling it like a pro. The entire family seems to be doing well."
Yellow-backed duikers are the largest of the duiker species and the most abundant. They are, however, threatened by extinction, due to the bushmeat trade and habitat loss.
For more information about Chester, visit the Memphis Zoo's website at memphiszoo.org, or the Facebook page at facebook.com/memphiszoo.