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Meet Waterbuck Acacia
Werribee Open Range Zoo have welcomed a new arrival to the Waterbuck herd, with a female calf born to mum Kumuka and dad Hide on 20 January.
The young calf has been named Acacia by Zoo Keepers and is the first to be born this year.
Following the birth, female Waterbuck hide their calves in thick vegetation for the first few weeks, which helps to protect them from predators.
Waterbuck also have another special adaption to escape predators, with a special coat that allows them to take refuge in waterholes and rivers.
Waterbuck are able to secrete an oil from their skin, which helps to waterproof their wiry coat and to regulate their body temperature when hiding in the water.
The species also have distinct ‘follow me’ markings, to keep the herd together when they are under threat. The white circle around their tail provides young calves in particular with a clear view of mum should they need to move quickly.
Visitors can see the Waterbuck herd including calf Acacia on Safari, which is included with general admission to Werribee Open Range Zoo.