The El Paso Zoo has welcomed a new male peninsular pronghorn fawn to the herd.
Bowser weighed-in at approximately 8 pounds when he was born on exhibit March 31 to parents Princessa and Tabasco. It is fawning season, and there are at least two other pregnant peninsular pronghorns at the Zoo.
Two weeks ago, the El Paso Zoo staff was saddened over the loss of 2-year-old peninsular pronghorn, Peach. Peach was pregnant, but unfortunately the delivery required veterinary intervention, and the fawn did not survive. Peach also died during the night due to complications from the difficult labor and delivery.
“Fawning season is a critical stage in protecting the peninsular pronghorn species,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “Losing Peach and her fawn was incredibly difficult for the entire staff, but we know situations like that can happen. We’re all just glad Princessa and Bowser made it through the birth without any complications.”
Zoo staff are monitoring Bowser and Princessa, and all pronghorns at the Zoo throughout fawning season.
The El Paso Zoo is active in their home range conservation efforts. Bowser’s birth is part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to aid in the species’ conservation. Peninsular pronghorn are currently listed as “critically endangered” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This makes this species one category before “extinct.”
Bowser and the other peninsular pronghorns at the Zoo serve as an example of the Zoo’s three-pillars of wildlife conservation.
- The Zoo is actively saving wildlife from extinction through its conservation work at the zoo and in the field.
- The Zoo provides excellent and expert care for animals, prioritizing their welfare and wellbeing.
- 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.