Baby Addax Born at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Baby Addax Born at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney has welcomed several baby animals to the family in recent months, including a baby elephant, a baby okapi, and triplet tamarins. Today, they announced a baby addax has joined the Animal Kingdom Lodge herd. This is great news as the addax is one of the most endangered animals in the world. Only 100 remain in the wild. 180 live in facilities accredited by the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Disney World is an AZA-accredited institution.

Baby addax at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Copyright Disney.
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The two-month-old addax calf is the first male calf to be born at the resort. Julien was named in honor of his mother, Juniper, and father, Allen. He currently stands at two feet tall. Adult males grow to 45 inches at the shoulder and up to 275 pounds.

Read more: Wake Up With the Animals at Dinsey’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Addax are an antelope species native to the Sahara Desert. They are known for their curly horns. Calves are actually born with those horns, which makes their mothers pretty awesome. Let’s be sure to celebrate addax mommas with our own this Sunday!

Baby addax at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Copyright Disney.

Disney World Cast Members do incredible work for at-risk animals:

“Julien’s birth is an incredible win for the population of this species and for our team of veterinarians and animal keepers who are over the moon to welcome another addax as they are so critical in the wild. This birth is just one of many examples that testifies to the level of care our animals receive.”

Scott Terrell, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

You’ll soon be able to find Julien and his addax family on the Sunset Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.