A Baby Eland Named Doppler Makes Debut at Kilimanjaro Safaris
Yesterday a very special milestone was celebrated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! A young eland named Doppler officially made his debut on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna. As we reported in MickeyBlog at the beginning of the Fall, Doppler was born right after Hurricane Dorian which inspired his storm-tracking name!
As you can see from the image (top), Doppler was eager to go exploring with his mom. He was seen playing in the savanna yesterday and was even eager to meet some of his new neighbors!
Since he was born, Doppler has been spending lots of time bonding with his mom named Clover. Up until yesterday, they’ve been in a backstage habitat. Though you may not be familiar with Elands they are actually the largest antelopes in the world. When doppler was born he weighed 70 lbs and has doubled his weight over the past 60 days!
Doppler will continue to nurse over the next couple of months but has already developed an appetite for solids including lettuce, carrots and sweet potatoes. When Doppler reaches adulthood he will likely measure about 8 feet tall and will have legs powerful enough to allow him to jump 8 feet!
Doppler was born as part of a species survival plan in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Be on the lookout for him during your next visit to the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
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