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1978

Arabian gazelle numbers grow

By Chester Zoo

Five successful rearings happened in one year which brought the herd up to 16!

The numbers dwindled and the zoo lost all but 6 Arabian gazelle's, those left were moved into quarantine and were eventually brought back to the zoo. And following on from that the numbers began to rise.

However, this rare and beautiful gazelle was not always the best of parents and three of the five that were bred had to be hand-reared from birth by Chester Zoo keepers. At first they were on a diet of pasteurized cow’s milk with added ‘Abidec’ – a multivitamin syrup designed for children. At two weeks old they were fed hay and grass and soft fruit and cereal.

Photo credit: Kenneth Green

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