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Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

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The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks.

The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, according to a WCS press release. The markhor are part of the habitats visible from the Wild Asia Monorail.

Only about 2,500 markhor, classified as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, remain in the wild. The WCS says hunters and poachers like the markhor's distinctive spiraled horns and thick fur.

Meantime in Brooklyn, three North American river otter pups born at the Prospect Park Zoo in February are now on display in the Discovery Trail habitat. All three pups are male.

The Prospect Park Zoo breeds river otters as part of a cooperative breeding program with other zoos and aquariums in the United States to make sure animals remain genetically viable.

Then over in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, some American bison and a Roosevelt elk calf call the Queens Zoo home.

Three new female bison have joined the herd, bringing the total number of bison in the zoo's herd to seven. The bison live in a prairie exhibit with some pronghorn.

The American Bison, also called the American buffalo, numbers in the hundreds of thousands, but almost all of them live in commercial herds. About 30,000 remain on conservation, park, or reservation lands.

A male Roosevelt elk calf born at the Queens Zoo in June has joined four other elk in the woodland habitat. The WCS says Roosevelt elk calves weigh about 25 pounds at birth, and males can grow to up to 1,100 pounds as adults. Their natural habitat ranges from northern California to southern British Columbia, according to the WCS.

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