“This won’t hurt a bit!” That's what the veterinarian might have said to Zoo Miami’s week-old Nyala calf on vaccination day. The female calf, born on February 5, endured her shots and was proclaimed in good health after her neonatal exam.
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The newborn Nyala weighed about 13 pounds and has a lot of growing to do. These antelope, which are native to southern Africa, weigh between 120-300 pounds as adults. Males are larger than females and sport spiral-shaped horns, which are used in ritual fights for dominance during mating season.
Nyala populations in Africa are relatively stable, though habitat loss and competition with domestic cattle pose some threat. These antelope prefer woodlands and dense thickets that offer cover from predators like Lions and Leopards. About 80% of Nyalas live in protected areas and parks, but mature male Nyalas are sought as game trophies.