Updated 08/01/2012 12:01 PM
Rosamond Gifford Zoo welcomes new baby markhor goat
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There's a new addition to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo family. Officials introduced the zoo's new baby markhor goat. She was born on July 20th to parents Edith and Sunny.
The markhor, an endangered species, is the largest member of the goat family, native to Central Asia. The location, with many in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, makes studying the animal difficult.
"For obvious reasons with the war, it's been very difficult for researchers to go in and collect data, census the animals that are there. They know that a lot of them have been poached, they know that a lot of them have been killed, but they're not even actually sure if they're still in that area," said Ted Fox, Rosamond Gifford Zoo director.
This is the first markhor born at the zoo in nine years. Officials say they won't be naming her for a couple of weeks.