Zookeepers Report ` Oh Baby!

Baby Watusi under Mama's watchful eye!

This past summer we welcomed a baby Watusi to our family.  Watusi, also called Ankole Cattle, are native to Africa. Their horns can reach up to 8 feet and some males can weigh up to 1600 lbs!  This means that we have to be very careful when feeding and cleaning with these beautiful creatures. We especially have to be careful when momma Watusi has a new calf.  Watusi cattle are very protective of their young and in the wild you will find most calves in the middle of the herd.  Adults defend the herd by using their impressive horns and “stare” down tactics against intruders…and it can be very intimidating!  Momma Watusi right now is especially protective of her baby and will show signs of agitation if people get too close to her calf.  The calf is a little adventurous and momma is always right there for protection.  We ask that you  please stand back when the calf is close to the front of the exhibit, this is for your protection and momma’s peace of mind!