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Too cute: Meet the LA Zoo's 19 new baby animals! (photos)

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Four lesser kudus, a species of East African antelope, arrived at the Los Angeles Zoo in September and are now on exhibit in a hillside habitat.

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Animal Keeper Art Gonzales feeds one of the four lesser kudus a Marion biscuit on Friday morning. Gonzales also looks after five other kinds of animals, including ostriches and other African antelope.

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The lesser kudus came from the San Diego Zoo, and are part of a national effort to breed the East African species.

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The four male lesser kudus antelopes are between one and two years old.

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The lesser kudus species is near-threatened, and the four males are a bachelor herd used to manage the population.

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The lesser kudus males have spiral horns and white stripes across their backs.

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Two-year-old Emelia Ruris-Kanegae of Glendale pets one of 15 new baby Nigerian Dwarf goats on Friday at the Zoo. The goats will grow to two feet tall, and between 20 to 50 pounds.

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Cyndi Blindt of Huntington Beach pets two Nigerian Dwarf goats in the Winnick Family Children's Zoo. The new goats are between six and eight months old.

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Katie Doorn of Pasadena pets and brushes the new goats on Friday morning. The animals join sheep and other larger goats in the Contact Yard at the LA Zoo.

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Larry, an education specialist for the zoo, keeps the new Nigerian Dwarf goats from escaping the petting zoo.

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Nico, 8, pets one of the new baby Nigerian Dwarf goats during a field trip with his school, the Blind Children Center in Los Angeles.


The Los Angeles Zoo unveiled the newest members of its menagerie, and they're so cute you'll squee. Seriously.

The zoo introduced the press this week to four lesser kudus — a species of antelope native to East Africa — and 15 Nigerian Dwarf goats — a species that reaches only about 2 feet and 20-50 pounds when fully grown.

The kudus were born in 2010 and '11 at the San Diego Zoo and are part of a national consortium to breed the animals, which are part of a near threatened species, the L.A. Zoo said in a news release. They will take up residence in a hillside habitat in the zoo.

But you can meet the new goats in the flesh in the Winnick Family Children's Zoo, where they go on display. It's the only part of the zoo where visitors can interact directly with the animals. The new goats will be on view from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the Muriel's Ranch contact yard.

In the meantime, enjoy our photo slideshow of the new kid-friendly critters.

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