It’s a boy! The newest edition to the El Paso zoo is a baby male pronghorn fawn that was born at the zoo March 31st to his parents, Princessa and Tabasco.
According to El Paso Zoo Officials, the fawn was named Bowser and weighed-in at approximately 8 pounds when he was born. There are at least two other pregnant peninsular pronghorns at the Zoo.
Two weeks ago, a 2-year-old pregnant peninsular pronghorn, Peach died from complications during labor.
“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.”
The El Paso Zoo staff are monitoring Bowser and Princessa along with all pronghorns at the Zoo throughout the rest of the fawning season.
Bowser’s birth is part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan 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.’