As his name suggests, Zoo staff are “grateful” for 5-month-old male lesser kudu, Kushukuru! He was born Jan. 12, 2019, to 5-year-old first time mother Rogue and 8-year-old father Garrett. Cheetah Conservation Station keeper Deb Grupenhoff and assistant curator Gil Myers share the latest updates on the Zoo’s new kudu.
How does Kushukuru typically spend his day?
Grupenhoff: Kudu are a shy species and spend the majority of the day hiding in the bushes. They are most active at dusk and dawn, and during that time they devour the leaves on the trees. Females Rogue and Shirley are much more skittish and shy — they tend to stay hidden. Garrett, Kushukuru’s father, is more outgoing, and tends to stand at the center of the exhibit. It looks as though his son inherited that boldness, as we see him in the open areas of the exhibit often.
Myers: The Cheetah Conservation Station team has been spending time in the exhibit offering leaf eater biscuits to build Kushukuru’s confidence when keepers are present. So far, it has been working well and Kushu will venture out of the security of the bushes and stand within about 10 feet of us for his treats.