A Trio of Lion Cubs

Lion cubs

Cuteness x 3! A trio of lion cubs were born at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo on February 28. Photo by Roger Brogan / Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australia welcomed a trio of lion cubs on February 28.

“This is the first time we have bred lion cubs here in Dubbo, so you can imagine how excited we are with these three new additions,” said Zoo Keeper Roger Brogan.

The keepers have been monitoring the new mother, Maya, and her babies via a video camera link in their den.

“First time mother Maya is doing a wonderful job with her trio,” Roger said. “She is being
very attentive and nurturing. We’re taking a hands-off approach to allow her to fully utilize her natural mothering instincts.”

Lion cub

Photo by Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

The lion cubs will stay behind the scenes for the next 6-8 weeks before going on exhibit for visitors to see.

To learn more about the cubs, visit the Taronga Western Plains Zoo website.

See our lion facts page to learn more about lions.

Two Clouded Leopard Cubs

Clouded leopard cubs

Fuzzy faces: Two female clouded leopards were born in March at the Nashville Zoo. Photo by Amiee Stubbs.

Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the births of two clouded leopards born March 13 and March 18. The cubs, both female, are doing well and are being hand-raised together.

“Nashville Zoo is on the forefront of clouded leopard care and conservation,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “The births of these two cubs aids in our conservation efforts and benefits the long-term plan to create a sustainable captive population.”

VIDEO: Mice Can Sing Like Birds

Did you know that male mice can sing like birds? Their songs are just so high-pitched that humans can’t hear them.

A new study from researchers at Duke University has revealed that male mice will sing loudly to court females they can smell but can’t see. Once the female comes within view, the male will sing more softly.

Watch a video below to hear the singing:

Learn more at the Washington Post website.

Help Save Cholita the Circus Bear

Cholita

Cholita, an abused spectacled bear and former circus animal, waits for her trip to the United States, where she can live out the rest of her life in a sanctuary. Photo provided by Animal Defenders International (ADI).

Cholita has had a hard life. She is an Andean/spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), a species considered vulnerable of extinction in the wild. She was kept illegally at a circus in Peru.  There, she was severely abused.

Due to the gruesome abuse she suffered at the circus, Cholita now has no claws, teeth or hair. She is barely recognizable as a spectacled bear.  But there is hope for Cholita, to live out the rest of her days in a United States sanctuary.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Peruvian authorities to get Cholita on a special ‘Spirit of Freedom’ flight to Colorado scheduled for April 20.  The huge rescue mission, which also includes the rescue of 70 other circus animals, is expected to cost ADI over $1.2 million.

Please donate to help save Cholita and the other animals saved during Operation Spirit of Freedom: www.ad-international.org/CholitaAppealUS or call 323-935-2234.

To learn more, visit ADI’s website.

A Litter of Otter Pups at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Otter pup at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Photo by Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Three oriental small-clawed otter pups were born on January 8 at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australia.

The litter includes two females and one male. Keepers are seeking name suggestions for one of the pups via the zoo’s Facebook page.

“The pups have been in the den to date and we have been monitoring them via a video camera, to ensure they are growing and developing well, ” said keeper Ian Anderson. “Oriental small-clawed otters are a social species and live in large families so it is anticipated that the family will remain together for the near future.”

Otter pups at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Photo by Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Baby Bottlenose Dolphin at Discovery Cove

Baby dolphin at Discovery Cove

A female bottlenose dolphin was born at Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL on February 7.  The calf now weighs about 20 kg (44 lbs.). She is doing well, nursing and bonding with her mother Coral.

Discovery Cove will soon host a naming contest on its Facebook page where fans can help choose the new baby dolphin’s name.

Learn more about dolphins at our bottlenose dolphin facts page.

Baby Cheetahs at Busch Gardens

Cheetah cubs at Busch Gardens.

Aww! Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed a pair of cheetah cubs!

A pair of cheetah cubs have joined the ranks at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. The cubs, named Tendai and Thabo, weighed 12 pounds when they were born on November 22, 2014. Once old enough, they will start their own coalition of cheetahs at the Cheetah Run habitat.

Cheetah cubs at Busch Gardens

Zzz… These cheetah cubs are all tuckered out.

Watch a video below:

Learn more about cheetahs at our cheetah facts article.