dama gazelle born at national zoo (credit: Gil Myers, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo has shared a photo of the male dama gazelle born last week.
According to zoo officials, the calf is the offspring of dama gazelles Fahima and Raul. He is the second calf born at the National Zoo this year, they say. He was born in the early morning on Sept. 4 in an off-exhibit area.
He appears to be healthy and strong, according to a physical exam done the day after his birth. Zoo keepers say the calf is "active, nursing and gaining weight steadily," according to officials.
Fahima and the unnamed calf will be off exhibit for the next few weeks so they can bond but officials expect he will be available for visitors to see later this fall at the Cheetah Conservation Station's mixed species exhibit.
According to zoo officials, the dama gazelle is listed as critically endangered with fewer than 500 remaining in the wild.