EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo welcomed two peninsular pronghorn fawns to the herd. The mother, Martina, gave birth to one female (Cayenne) and one male (Pequin), and both are healthy and doing well. This is just three weeks after our pronghorn Princessa gave birth to a male fawn, Bowser.
“When it comes to protecting the peninsular pronghorn species, this fawning stage is monumental,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “Bowser’s doing great, and we’re going to keep an eye on the two fawns and their mother so we can have the same success with them.” The two fawns and their mother are being monitored by Zoo staff, and all pronghorns at the Zoo will be observed closely throughout fawning season.
Peninsular pronghorns are currently listed as “critically endangered” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This makes this species one category before “extinct.” The El Paso Zoo is active in their home range conservation efforts. All of the El Paso Zoo’s peninsular pronghorn births are part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to aid in the species’ conservation.
“The El Paso Zoo has over 20% of the managed peninsular pronghorn population in the United States,” said Marshall. “The births we have here are critical for the continuation of the species. I’m just incredibly proud of our team and our community for being able to play a pivotal role in saving these animals from extinction.”
The peninsular pronghorns at the Zoo serve as an example of the three things we want the community to know about the El Paso Zoo:
(1) The Zoo is actively saving wildlife from extinction through its conservation work at the zoo and in the field.
(2) The Zoo provides excellent and expert care for animals, prioritizing their welfare and wellbeing.
(3) The Zoo acts and communicates with the purpose of inspiring people to value wild animals, taking responsibility for their safeguarding and action for their stability.