Columbus Zoo and Aquarium celebrates first wildebeest birth at the facility

POWELL, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says a wildebeest was born Tuesday, the first one ever born at the facility.

The calf was born to mother Becky and father Doug at the Heart of Africa savanna. The zoo says the parents’ pairing was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for the species. Wildebeests face threats of habitat loss within their migration passages.

The wildebeest is a member of the antelope family, and make their home in eastern Africa. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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