Recently we welcomed this little one into the world, a baby nyala antelope! Nyala generally breed throughout the year, with mating peaks in Spring and Autumn.

For these animals, gestation lasts around seven months, and typically a single calf is born. The calf was able to stand within just a few minutes of being born, but was a little unstable for a few days. We microchip them, sex them within the first 24 hours - they then get a chance to explore their new surroundings. The males and females look totally different, the males have horns, are slate grey to dark brown in colour with white stripes across their backs and can weigh up to 275 pounds. The females, however, are a bright chestnut colour, similarly with white stripes across their backs but their hair is shorter and can weigh up to 150 pounds.

There is a strong dominance hierarchy among nyala males; being typical males they love to stand up to fellow males and show them who is boss. They stand up tall lifting their tail and lowering their heads whilst moving towards each other.

This often results in a clash of horns as they demonstrate their strength and size. In the wild nyala can be found in South-Eastern Africa from Malawi through Mozambique and Zimbabwe to parts of South Africa and Swaziland. Our nyala family here at Newquay Zoo can be found in the African Savannah exhibit often in the paddock, see if you can spot them on your next visit!


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