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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Monday, June 4, 2007
Blackbuck Antelope now on Exhibit at Little Rock Zoo
LITTLE ROCK (June 4, 2007) - The Little Rock Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of two male blackbuck antelope, Zhan and Zhao, from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
The antelopes arrived Friday afternoon and are now on display in the old pronghorn exhibit. Both are nearly one year old and will be housed with two Sarus cranes, another Asian species.
Male Blackbuck antelope are known for their black fur on the upper part of their body and white fur on their chest, belly, the inner sides of their legs, and on their muzzle and chin. Blackbucks also have white rings around their eyes and long, spiral horns. The males are born light brown then turn black around three years of age when they reach maturity.
The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.