Help Rolling Hills Name Rare Twins
KSAL Staff - September 2, 2015 9:43 am
Rolling Hills Zoo is looking for help in naming their newest additions, the rare twin baby addax that were born on July 5th of this year.
According to Rolling Hills, everyone who comes to the Zoo this Labor Day weekend will be given a special ballot to vote for their favorite set of names. After careful consideration, the staff of the Zoo collectively chosen five sets of paired male and female names to be put on the ballot. The names to choose from are:
- Luke and Leia
- Daisy and Duke
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Pebbles and Bam-Bam
- Agayu (African god of volcanoes and deserts, male) and Yemaja (African divine mother goddess of mankind, female)
Voting for your favorite pair of names will start on this coming Saturday and continue through Labor Day. The winning pair of names will be announced next Tuesday.
The birth of addax twins is a very rare occurrence and to date there have been less than three or four recorded births with only one of the twins in each pair surviving beyond their first year. That their mother, Aamira, who is a very attentive and protective mother, is successfully raising both twins naturally makes this birth even more rare and significant. While the Zoo continues to check the birth records for addax, this may be the only instance of a mother addax successfully raising both twins without human assistance.
The addax (Addax nasomaculatus), is also known as the white antelope or the “screwhorn” antelope and is native to the Sahara desert. The addax is a critically endangered species of antelope. The addax at the Rolling Hills Zoo are members of an organized nation-wide effort to preserve the species that is administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This program is one of over 30 such programs in which the animals at the Zoo participate in annually.