Our filly is also learning behaviors that will enable her to voluntarily participate in her own healthcare. From the time she was a month old, we began acclimating her to some of the spaces where we conduct routine health assessments on our animals, as well as some of the equipment we use. It is important that she is comfortable in this setting, so that when it comes time for an exam, the process is smooth and stress-free. A recent highlight was when she was able to calmly stand on the scale all by herself! She weighed in at 210 pounds (95.5 kilograms). The team is pleased with the strides she has made in husbandry training.
Scimitar-Horned Oryx Calves
Daily animal husbandry routines offer our animal care team the opportunity to witness many baby animal “firsts”—and one of our favorites was watching our scimitar-horned oryx calves Interact with the zebra herd at the fence line for the first time. Both our male (born July 9) and female (born July 10) are very curious, though he tends to be more bold and assertive, whereas she is more cautious.
Scimitar-horned oryx tend to be more skittish than Persian onagers. The calves stick close by their mothers, Esmerelda and Leanne, and never venture far from the herd. When it comes to husbandry training, it is important that we move at their pace. We want their interactions with us to be positive, so we are careful not to push them beyond their comfort level.