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Charles Paddock Zoo welcomes baby duiker (aka small antelope)

A female baby duiker, a species of small antelope, was born July 10 at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.
A female baby duiker, a species of small antelope, was born July 10 at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.

One of the Charles Paddock Zoo’s newest additions is ready for her close-up.

The Atascadero zoo recently welcomed a newborn female red-flanked duiker — a species of small antelope — and she’s finally ready for visitors to come see her, the city announced in a news release.

The baby was born July 10, the city said.

“During the first weeks of their lives, baby duikers hide and wait for their mother to return to nurse them,” Zoo Director Alan Baker said in the release. “Our new duiker is now old enough to start exploring the exhibit.”

The 6-week-old duiker is the third to be born at the zoo.

Red-flanked duikers are typically found in western and central Africa; they can grow to about 15 inches in height and weigh up to 31 pounds, according to the news release.

In the wild, red-flanked duikers are territorial and feed on leaves, fallen fruit, flowers and seeds; they usually live about 10 to 15 years in captivity, according to the news release.

Mark Powell: 805-781-7915

Meet the baby duiker in Atascadero

The Charles Paddock Zoo is owned and operated by the city of Atascadero.

The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for ages 12 and older, $5 for kids ages 3-11, $6 for seniors 65 and older, and free for children younger than 2.

The Charles Paddock Zoo is next to Atascadero Lake Park off Highway 41 in Atascadero.

For more information about Charles Paddock Zoo, call 805-461-5080, or visit www.charlespaddockzoo.org.

City of Atascadero

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