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Oregon Zoo welcomes two bontebok antelopes

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Two new bontebok (Photo: Oregon Zoo) Two new bontebok (Photo: Oregon Zoo)

A pair of young bontebok antelopes debuted at the Oregon Zoo's Savanna habitat this week. 

The species is considered among the most handsome and least athletic of African antelope.

The two new arrivals will be sharing the Savanna habitat with gerenuk and Speke's gazelles. Until like most species of antelope, bontebok can't jump, they can only make small leaps.

Zoo keepers said the bontebok arrivals are not only handsome but a testament to one of the most amazing conservation successes in history.

"A couple of centuries ago, the bontebok was well on the way to extinction," said Laura Weiner, senior keeper for the zoo's Africa section. "The fact that they are here today shows what a difference people can make in helping wildlife."

Today the bontebok population is estimated to be around 2,500 to 3,000.

To learn more about the bontebok and the Savanna habitat, visit http://www.oregonzoo.org/discover/exhibits/africa-savanna.

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