The Zoo welcomed not one but two addax calves over the past few months. The female calf was born in August with a male calf making his arrival in late September. Addax antelopes are found in waterless isolated pockets within the Sahara desert.
Addaxes are a critically endangered species which puts them at a high risk of extinction due to threats of hunting and loss of habitat. While in the wild they graze on grasses and desert shrub. In managed populations like the Louisville Zoo, Addaxes enjoy a diet of hay, grain and carrot surprise which is a mixture of carrots, onions and sweet potatoes. Zookeepers will have the honor of naming the newest additions, so stay tuned to louisvillezoo.org and like us on Facebook to find out which names will be selected.