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Adelaide Zoo’s newest furry faces Daphne and Benedict the Blackbuck steal hearts

Tiny duo Daphne and Benedict the Blackbuck have been brought to the Adelaide Zoo from Monarto Safari Park for some serious TLC.

Tiny duo Daphne and Benedict the Blackbuck have been brought to the Adelaide Zoo for some serious TLC.

The duo was born at Monarto Safari Park, but unfortunately due to animal welfare reasons they had to be removed from the herd.

Keepers and veterinary staff made the quick decision to bring the pair to Adelaide Zoo on January 5 to be hand reared and cared for by the dedicated Children’s Zoo team.

Assistant Curator, Michelle Birkett, said the calves have been getting stronger each day and were learning to jump and leap.

“We have loved caring for Daphne and Benedict and they have quickly captured the hearts of everyone here at Adelaide Zoo,” Birket said.

“We have been feeding them a special antelope milk formula three times a day to make sure they get the nutrients they need to grow up big and strong.”

Blackbuck are sociable animals, often living in herds ranging from 5 to 50 in the wild. 

They hope to introduce Daphne and Benedict to other Fallow Deer in the old Children’s Zoo to get them used to herd life.

Once the pair are weaned, they will travel back to Monarto Safari Park to re-join the herd.

Blackbuck are renowned for their impressive spiralled horns, which sweep back from their head in a V-shape.

Sadly, Blackbuck numbers in the wild are decreasing due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting for these horns. The species is now declared regionally extinct across Pakistan and Bangladesh.

As a conservation charity, Zoos SA works to protect amazing animals like the Blackbuck and with each visit, experience or animal adoption contributing to this vital work.

Visitors can see the wider Blackbuck herd at Monarto Safari Park from the Zu-loop bus which is guided by one of their experienced volunteer guides.

Monarto Safari Park
Address: 63 Monarto Rd, Monarto SA 5254
Open: 9:30am – 5pm everyday
Price: $29.50 – $40.50
More info: click here

Adelaide Zoo
Address: Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
Open: 9:30am – 5pm everyday
Price: $21.50 – $40.50
More info: click here

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