CHICAGO – For the second time in less than a year, an addax has been born at Brookfield Zoo, marking a big step for the endangered species.
Experts with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources estimate there may be less than 100 left in the wild.
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The female calf is nearly a month old and weighed just over 15 pounds at birth. Visitors can see the calf and her mom, 6-year-old Simone, along with the rest of the addax on the northwest end of the zoo along the 31st Street walkway.
Before the newborn, Simone last gave birth to a male calf in July of 2022. Other addaxes at the zoo include a 3-year-old female named Ivyc.
Currently, there are more addax living in professional care facilities in North America than in the wild due to threats of hunting and poaching.