Posted November 23, 2021 in News
On 18th September, our female Blue Duiker, Jasmine gave birth to a tiny calf who has since been confirmed as male and named Haslam by the Animal Care Team!
Since Jasmine’s arrival to Colchester Zoo from France in November 2013, she has had four successful births. All of Jasmine’s young have been sired by our male blue duiker, Jafar, and once again, the pair are proving to be great parents to their new arrival. The young duiker is continuing to grow healthy and strong, developing new skills from mum, dad, and older sister Penelope!
One of this species most distinguishing features is the scent gland on their face. These look like vertical gashes which run down the face from the cheek to the mouth. These glands are used to mark their territory.
The Blue Duiker is listed as ‘Least Concern’ on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species however, they are hunted for the bush meat trade.
Our family of Blue Duikers share their home with our Blue Cranes, and they can be found roaming their outdoor enclosure at the Edge of Africa.