A female yellow-backed duiker calf was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom earlier this month, Disney recently revealed.

What You Need To Know

  • Yellow-backed duiker born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Penny was born earlier this month to mom Pearl

  • The pair is currently backstage bonding; they will be visible on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail later this summer

Dr. Mark Penning, Disney’s vice president of Animals, Science and Environment, shared the news in an Instagram post.

The calf, which has been named Penny, was born to mom Pearl. Penny’s birth marks the first time in more than 20 years that a yellow-backed duiker has been born in Disney’s care.

Yellow-backed duikers are forest-dwelling antelope found in West and Central Africa. The species is classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due forest destruction and uncontrolled hunting.

Disney worked with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan to introduce the species to Disney World visitors.

Penny and Pearl are currently bonding backstage, but the pair will be visible to park visitors on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail later this summer.


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