Como Welcomes a Baby Kudu!

Como welcomes Dakari, a baby male Lesser kudu born Friday evening, March 15 weighing 15 pounds and in fine health.

Dakari was born to first time parents Fjorda and Nate. The Kudu Species Survival Plan (SSP), working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), gave their recommendation for the pair to breed in 2018. Como Zoo is an accredited institution of the AZA.

Dakari, an African name meaning “filled with joy”, is currently off exhibit while he bonds with Fjorda.

Lesser kudu are one of the more striking species of antelope. This species has a white stripe running down its back with 11 to 14 stripes coming off it and down the animal’s side. Stripes stand out on a grayish-brown coat on males and a reddish-brown coat for females. Males are also adorned with impressive spiraled horns which will twist 2.5 times and can grow up to 3.5 feet long. Facial markings consist of black stripes running from each eye towards the nose, and a white stripe running from each eye to the center of the face. Legs are fawn colored, with white spots above the hooves. Two white spots adorn either side of the neck.

Large ears allow for enhanced listening abilities and predator detection, and the coloration of lesser kudu is such that when individuals remain motionless they are very difficult to detect in their natural habitat.

Lesser kudu reside in the arid and semi-arid areas of northeastern Africa, including parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.