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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Gerenuk Calf to Herd

posted on January 6th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Squirt, Animal Kingdom's 28th Gerenuk Calf
What better way to begin the first week of 2010 than with a beautiful first image of a new member of the family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — a gerenuk calf named Squirt.

Never heard of a gerenuk? They’re African antelopes with unique long necks usually found in dry, bushy shrub. Unlike other gazelles and most antelopes that graze on grasses, gerenuks often stand on their hind legs. They don’t need to drink much since they get needed water from the plants they eat. And most adult gerenuk reach about three feet at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 115 pounds.

Squirt, Animal Kingdom’s 28th gerenuk calf, weighed in at eight pounds. She was born at the end of November to her 5-year-old mother Sushanunna and 9-year-old father Jingle as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Gerenuk Population Management Plan.

You can see gerenuk for yourself during a visit to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Nancy on January 6th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

love it! great picture!


Ismael from CA on January 6th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

such a pretty picture and a handsome little fellow. It is great to hear how well Disney has been doing with the increase in animal population at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Every new arrival there is a reason to celebrate.


Jessie from West Java on January 6th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Such a cute animal.. >o<
Cool shot!!


Melissa from NY on January 6th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Awww. They are adorable. I can’t wait to see them.


Jessica on January 6th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

What a beautiful animal. Squirt just seems to be the perfect name. :-)


Mark on January 6th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Every little spirit is such a welcome…congrats to all the people who helped and of course to momma…Hello Squirt ..little cutie…!!..Thank You Walt.!!!May God Bless.


Kelly on January 6th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Hi there Squirt, my family and I will see you March 10 on our trip to Disney! Can’t wait!


Melanie from NC on January 6th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

What a wonderful park and you do such a great job with all the animals…we just love the Animal Kingdom at Disney, it’s one of our favorites since we are animal lovers and feel they are an integral part of our lives…Thank you for maintaining such a beautiful park.


Catherine on January 6th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I really am a #1 Disneyworld fan plus I happen to be a #1 animal lover my #1 favorite animal is none other than the Giraffe BUT I do love all animals even this really cute photo of this adorable Gerenuk.


Jacqueline from IN on January 6th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Those animals are truly beautiful!


Pam on January 7th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I just returned from an awesome week at Animal Kingdom Lodge and have 2 pictures of this cute little guy!!


Noelia on January 7th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

such grace