Fort Worth Zoo Announces Waterbuck Birth

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Fort Worth Zoo Announces Waterbuck Birth

Calf’s arrival is a first at the Zoo

FORT WORTH, Texas – The baby boom of 2013 at the Fort Worth Zoo continues with the birth of a male common waterbuck calf on Oct. 5. This is the first common waterbuck birth at the Fort Worth Zoo. The new male has been named Ralph.

The common waterbuck is a hoofstock species native to sub-Saharan Africa. The Fort Worth Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Common Waterbuck Species Survival Plan, a breeding program that maintains a healthy, self-sustaining population of waterbucks in managed collections. The Fort Worth Zoo added waterbucks to its collection in October 2012. Ralph and his parents can be seen on exhibit along the boardwalk across from the Zoo’s World of Primates exhibit.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.

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For further information, contact:

Alexis Wilson, Communications Director
awilson@fortworthzoo.org

Avery Elander, Public Relations Manager
aelander@fortworthzoo.org

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