Meet the Fawns
June 27, 2011
The Queens Zoo is happy to announce the birth of four pronghorn antelope fawns. The fawns were born to two different mothers one week apart, and include one set of female twins and a second male-female set. Each fawn has a coat of soft brown fur and enormous dark-brown eyes.
The new fawns bring the zoo’s pronghorn herd up to eight. Already, the fawns are prancing around their exhibits on their signature long legs, which give the species its incredible speed. Pronghorn are one of the world’s fastest land animals, second only to the cheetah. They also rank highly for endurance, second to Arctic caribou for the longest-distance migration in the Western Hemisphere.
Two of the fawns can be seen on the Farm, where visitors can watch zookeepers bottle-feed them a nutrient-rich formula several times a day. The two younger fawns remain in the Plains exhibit. The pronghorn share their Plains habitat with a herd of bison, just as they would in the wild, and spend much of their time running through the large, open space.
Pronghorn are true American natives, occurring only on our continent, and the lone member of the family Antilocapridae. In the wild, they face a variety of threats, including new roads, fences, development, and resource extraction activities that are increasingly encroaching upon their habitat. WCS’s North America Program scientists are currently tracking the migration of pronghorn along corridors such as Wyoming’s Path of the Pronghorn. Their research will help inform efforts to conserve these animals and the open spaces they require to thrive.