This beautiful baby now has a beautiful name! Say hello to Sudi! Sudi is a Swahili name for boys meaning lucky. The distinction of naming the kudu, born February 18th, was given to Berger Moving & Storage in honor of their longstanding support & commitment to Como. Berger Transfer hopes Sudi brings luck to all those around him!
As a supporter from 1998, Berger Moving & Storage gifts have supported Como Friends‘ events, (Bouquets, ZooBoo, Sunset Affair), the creation of Polar Bear Odyssey, and most recently, Berger Transfer sponsored the Giraffe Feeding Station.
Sudi was born on February 18th at 12:56pm, weighing in at 14.5 pounds. He is the second offspring of Nate (12) and Fjorda (4). He is half brother to Dakari (13 months). The Kudu Species Survival Plan (SSP) working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), gave their recommendation for the pair to breed. Como Zoo is an accredited institution of the AZA.
Lesser kudu are one of the more striking species of antelope. This species has a white stripe running down its back with 11 to 14 stripes coming off it and down the animal’s side. Stripes stand out on a grayish-brown coat on males and a reddish-brown coat for females. Males are also adorned with impressive spiraled horns which will twist 2.5 times and can grow up to 3.5 feet long. Facial markings consist of black stripes running from each eye towards the nose, and a white stripe running from each eye to the center of the face. Legs are fawn colored, with white spots above the hooves. Two white spots adorn either side of the neck.
Large ears allow for enhanced listening abilities and predator detection, and the coloration of lesser kudu is such that when individuals remain motionless they are very difficult to detect in their natural habitat.
Lesser kudu reside in the arid and semi-arid areas of northeastern Africa, including parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.