Utica Zoo welcomes baby animals

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The Utica Zoo announced the arrival of several new baby animals.

The most recent additions to the Utica Zoo family were a trio of Trans-Caspian Urial lambs born in the early morning hours of April 29. Trans-Caspian Urials are a species of sheep found in the Middle East and Central Asian grasslands.

The Trans-Caspian Urial is listed as a Threatened species due to habitat loss. This is the second set of lambs for the Utica Zoo in as many years. The Urials are found in the Asian Realm portion of the zoo, directly next to the Bactrian Camels.

The zoo also had a pair of African Crested Porcupettes born in mid-March who recently just emerged from their den. The African Crested Porcupine is found in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa NS is noted by its white marked quills along its back.

Unlike North American Porcupines who have barbed quills, the African Crested Porcupine has a smooth, hollow quill that they will rattle as a defense mechanism. The African Crested Porcupines are located next to the African Lions.

Five Nigerian Dwarf Goat kids arrived from a local farm to join the Children’s Zoo animals, along with their mothers. The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is an American breed of goat stemming from a group of West African goats. The goats and their mothers are located in the Main Barn in the Children’s Zoo next to the Alpaca, Cavy, and Zebu yard.

For more information on this, and anything Utica Zoo related, visit UticaZoo.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @uticazoo.

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