Photo of baby nyala antelope born at the Bronx Zoo
June 11, 2007
A young nyala, born on April 28, with his mother and herd at the Bronx Zoo. Photo by Julie Larden Maher of WCS.
A young nyala, born on April 28, with his mother and herd at the Bronx Zoo.
A young nyala at the Bronx Zoo. Photo by Julie Larden Maher of WCS.
Members of the current herd are descended from one started in 1941 for the opening of the Zoo’s ground-breaking African Plains, the first predator-prey exhibit in North America and the first Bronx Zoo exhibit to take animals out of cages and separate them from visitors by a moat. These concepts became influential on modern zoo design worldwide.
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) are a small antelope species native to the Southeast African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and South Africa. While they are not considered endangered, their historic native range is greatly reduced and they are listed as “Conservation Dependent” on the IUCN Red List.