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WCS’s Queens Zoo Welcomes Pudu Fawn

Successful breeding program has produced 4 fawns in 5 years 

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WCS’s Queens Zoo Welcomes Pudu Fawn

Queens, NY – June 13, 2017 – A southern pudu fawn (Pudu puda) – the world’s smallest deer species – was born at the WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo.

The Queens Zoo has seen substantial success with its pudu breeding program in recent years having produced four fawns in the last five years. The species is classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Both the Queens and Bronx Zoos breed them as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

All animals at the Queens Zoo are native to North and South America. Southern pudu are from Chile and Argentina. WCS works in both countries to curb threats to pudu and other wildlife. Threats to the species include habitat loss and predation by domestic and feral animals.

Pudu have some interesting behavioral adaptations for a deer species. They bark when they sense danger, and when chased, they run in a zig-zag pattern to escape predators.

The fawn was born on May 17 and is male. The white spots, characteristic to newborns of many deer species, will fade and disappear as the fawn gets older. He will grow quickly, but will only be approximately 12-14 inches tall as an adult. 

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October; and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.

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