Zoo Atlanta welcomes 2 new east African antelopes

ATLANTA — The Atlanta zoo is welcoming its first lesser kudus, a kind of east African antelope.

The year-old males, named Sherlock and Watson, come to Zoo Atlanta from San Diego Zoo Global. They're housed in the Atlanta zoo's African Plains exhibit, which is also home to giraffes, zebras and ostrich.

Male lesser kudus have distinctive horns which can grow to 28 inches and may include up to three twists. At 88 pounds and 112 pounds respectively, Sherlock and Watson are still growing their horns and putting on weight. Both will someday weigh up to 200 pounds.

Lesser kudus are not classified as endangered. But their populations are declining because of habitat loss and hunting for their horns, which are used as symbols of virility in some traditional rituals.