Photos: Adorable Baby Endangered Animals at the L.A. Zoo
It has been a banner springtime for the Peninsular pronghorn population at the Los Angeles Zoo. The endangered species of hoofed animals—think something between a deer and a goat that go back 10,000 to 1.8 million years—in residence at the Zoo gained five new family members, following the birth of two males and three females to three mama pronghorn between April 3 and 9.
"Pronghorn are the only surviving members of the family Antilocapridae, a group of hoofed animals that appeared in the Pleistocene age," explains the L.A. Zoo. They don't have antlers, they have what are known as "branched horns."
These tan and white antelope-like critters are native to Baja California, and are known as the "ghosts of the desert" because they blend in with the terrain.
Oh, and the babies are super cute!