Binder Park Zoo exhibit reopens after waterbuck passes fence

Neva is a waterbuck weighing about 200 lbs.

Binder Park Zoo, Wild Africa area
The Wild Africa area at Binder Park Zoo.

NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A Binder Park Zoo exhibit that was temporarily closed after a waterbuck passed a perimeter fence has reopened.

Around 10:30 a.m., the waterbuck, named Neva, was being introduced to the savanna area of the zoo’s Wild Africa exhibit when it passed the barrier, according to a Binder Park Zoo spokesperson. However, it did not get past a secondary barrier. Zoo officials closed the Wild Africa exhibit and kept guests on the east side of the zoo.

The animal, which is part of the antelope family, was later shot with a sedative dart and returned to its enclosure safely.

The zoo spokesperson told 24 Hour News 8 that Neva has been at the zoo for about a month.

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