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Condors, tadpoles and pronghorns, oh my! LA Zoo launches conservation plan; By Tara Lynn Wagner
Hope is at the core of conservation, so it makes sense that the ambassador for the California Condor Recovery Program at the Los Angeles Zoo is a bird named Hope. But while she may be the face of the zoo’s commitment to conservation, Dr. Jake Owens is the heart.
“We can never do enough,” Dr. Owens said, standing in The LAIR, which stands for Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles. “But we can do more.” Read On…
Pronghorn - Antilocapra americana
The pronghorn is a unique North American mammal. Its Latin name, Antilocapra americana, means "American goat-antelope," but it is not a member of the goat or the antelope family and it is not related to the antelopes found in Africa. The pronghorn is the only surviving member of the Antilocapridae family and it has been in North America for over a million years!
The pronghorn has a deer-like body. It weighs between 90 and 120 pounds and stands about 31/2 feet tall from shoulder to feet. It has a tan to reddish brown body. Its cheeks, belly, rump, chest and inner legs are white. Males have a broad black mask that runs from their eyes down their snout to their nose, black neck patches and pronged black horns that are 12-20 inches long. The male's horns are lyre-shaped and curve in towards each other.
The female does not have the black markings and her horns are usually straight, short spikes between 3-4 inches long. The pronghorn has horns, not antlers. Its horns are made of two parts: a bony core that is covered by a sheath made of a stiff hair-like material. It is the only animal that has branched horns and it it the only animal that sheds its horns each year! The outer sheath falls of every year in the fall and then grows back in the summer!
The pronghorn is active in the night and in the day. It has excellent eyesight and can spot a threat up to four miles away! When the pronghorn is threatened, it may attack with its sharp hooves.
The pronghorn can be found in southeastern Oregon; southern Idaho; southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada; Montana; and western North Dakota south to Arizona and western Texas.
IUCN has them listed as Least Concern as the species remains widespread and relatively common within its range, with a population estimated at around one million animals. No major population declines are reported, with a number of populations occurring in large and well-managed protected areas.
The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and the International Animal Trainers CertificationBoard, IATCB, offers you a way to gain professional credibility, increase your earnings potential, and advance your career. We live in a competitive world, and animal trainers are no different than anyone else looking for advanced knowledge and skill in their profession. IATCB endorses voluntary certification by examination for all professionals involved with animals, including trainers, educators, handlers, veterinarians, and all others involved in the care and handling of animals.