Peninsular Pronghorn birth season starts in Baja California

The birth season of the Peninsular Pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana peninsularis) in the Baja California peninsula has begun and up to this moment, there have been 55 pronghorn offspring, which are being breast-fed by their mothers.

This subspecies, which was considered in danger of extension within Mexican official ruling NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, recovers its population as a result of the collaboration between the National Protected Natural Areas Commission (CONANP), Natural Spaces and Sustainable Development (ENDESU) the GEF Risk Species, United Nations Development Program (PNUD) and the Salt Exporting company and the owners of the fields where this animal recovers and develops freely.

The pronghorns usually give birth to twin offspring when they are born they weigh between 2 and 3 kilograms and at around three months old their mothers stop breast feeding them to continue with a flower, grass sprouts and wild bush diet within the reproduction station called “Pronghorn meadow” in Baja California and the station of La Choya in Baja California Sur, said CONANP Commissioner, Andrew Rhodes.

It is expected that in mid-April the pregnant fertile females will have already given birth totally, coinciding with an excellent season thanks to the intense Winter rains which have set the ideal scenario to welcome them, the Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Program (PRBP) and its habitat started 20 years ago when the subspecies was on the brink of extinction and starting with the capture of a small pack wild pronghorns.

Since then, the actions to carry out this program, have allowed an increase of its population over 500 animals, which are managed in a differentiated manner) Intensive, free and extensive management) for which the rural demarcations known as El Costeño and Benito Juarez (among others) have committed a 54 thousand hectares surface habitat for the exclusive use of this species and wildlife in general.

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