Eland Calf Now on Exhibit at Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is thrilled to announce our six-week-old eland calf is now on exhibit in Africa Field! The baby eland, Murray, was born on May 22, 2021. Murray is the second male out of the collection of four elands at Nashville Zoo. Murray has been staying off-exhibit with his mom (Indigo) since his birth.
During birth, Indigo experienced discomfort because of Murray’s size. She was taken to our veterinary center and the veterinary staff assisted in the birthing of Murray. Both Murray and Indigo are now doing great.
Since Indigo is a first-time mother and is not familiar with nursing, keeper staff have been helping out by feeding Murray. He is now at two bottles of milk a day, and ready to go out on the field.
While feeding Murray, keepers pay particular attention to their actions and attire so the calf doesn't imprint on them. “Most antelopes recognize that we are not their mother," said Lead Hoofstock Keeper, Nikole Edmunds. "But hand-raised males have a hard time distinguising between us and mom so we do our best to limit interaction." Staff will change clothes, and refrain from making eye contact or speaking while Murray is being fed.
Elands are native to the grasslands and semi arid areas of Southeastern Africa. Though elands are not endangered in the wild, Nashville Zoo participates in the eland Species Survival Plan (SSP) to help ensure a genetically diverse captive population.
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