Black Rhino Calf Makes His Debut

Black rhino calf

Black rhino calf at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo on May 6 2015. Photograph by Rick Stevens.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed a male black rhino calf on April 20. He is the second baby born to mother Bakhita and the third calf born in 10 years to the zoo’s breeding program for this critically endangered species.

“With just over 4000 black rhinos remaining and all five rhino species under enormous pressure in the wild, every birth is critical,” said General Manager Matthew Fuller. “This little rhino is precious, as are all rhinos, and we’re hopeful that his birth will further highlight the need to protect these remarkable creatures.”

The calf weighs about 30-40 kg and is full of energy, often bounding around his yard first thing in the morning.

Black rhino calf and mother

Baby rhino with his mother Bakhita. Photograph by Rick Stevens.

In the wild, black rhinoceroses live in Africa. Poaching is a major threat to the species due to demand for their horns which is used in Asian medicine.

Learn more at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo website.

Name a Baby Baboon

Baby baboon

Name this baby baboon! Photo by Oakland Zoo.

Two baby baboons (male and female) were born at the Oakland Zoo recently. The female baby hamadryas baboon, born on March 14, was named Kabili, which is Swahili for honest and brave. The male hamadryas baboon was born on April 1 and the zoo is asking for your help in naming him!

To vote for your favorite name, visit the Oakland Zoo naming contest page, and select from three options:

  • Muriu (pronounced Mahroo), which means Son
  • Maliki, which means King
  • Mazi, which means Sir
Baby baboons and mothers

The two baby baboons are integrating well into the harem at the zoo. Photo by Oakland Zoo.

The two newest members of the baboon harem at the zoo are doing well. “All of the youngsters are part of the same harem,” said Senior Keeper Adrienne Mrsny of Oakland Zoo. “The siblings are very curious about the new babies and with the mothers’ permissions will look at the babies, often trying to groom or play with them. Kabili is living up to her name (Swahili for brave) by following her much older sisters in climbing and walking around to explore the exhibit. The baby male spends much of his time gazing at the world around him as he holds onto his mom; he took his first steps during his second day on exhibit.”

In the wild, hamadryas baboons inhabit Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.  Ancient Egyptians worshipped hamadryas baboons as the incarnation of their god Thoth.

To learn more about the baby baboons, visit the Oakland Zoo website.

Baby Snow Monkey at Lincoln Park Zoo

Snow monkey baby

Photo by Lincoln Park Zoo.

Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is excited to announce the birth of a Japanese macaque (pronounced muh-‘kak), also known as a snow monkey, born on May 2.

Zoo staff has determined the little baby is a male. He and his mother Ono are doing well.

According to Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy, “The baby appears healthy, is regularly nursing and visually exploring the exhibit while clinging tightly on Ono’s torso.”

He joins a troop of eight snow monkeys at Regenstein Macaque Forest, the newest exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo. The expansive exhibit includes microclimates, a hot spring, stream and various levels, creating an ideal environment for the growing snow monkey population.

“From a research perspective, this is a significant addition to the population,” said Research Scientist Katie Cronin, PhD. “The new baby will be the first in this population to grow up with access to touch screen computers – a tool that the monkey can decide whether or not to use – so that we can study cognitive abilities and gain a better understanding of how they think and feel.”

In the wild, Japanese macaques inhabit extreme climates throughout most of Japan, from sub-tropical lowlands to sub-alpine regions. Learn more at snowmonkeys.org.

 

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.”

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.

Endangered Baby Gorilla at Busch Gardens

Western lowland gorilla

A western lowland gorilla named Mary with her new baby at Busch Gardens. Photo by Busch Gardens.

A female western lowland gorilla was born at Busch Gardens Tampa on February 6! This brings the gorilla troop at the Busch Gardens Myombe Reserve habitat to seven!

Western lowland gorilla

What a sweet face! Both mother and baby are doing well and are being monitored by the animal care staff. Photo by Busch Gardens.

“The first month will be the critical period as the mother, Mary, and the infant begin to integrate into the current gorilla troop, so the Busch Gardens animal care team will be monitoring their progress closely,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of zoological operations for Busch Gardens.

Watch a video below of mama and baby!

 

Zoo Animals Get Special Treats on Valentine’s Day

Lorikeets at Nashville Zoo

These lorikeets enjoy new, Valentine’s Day-themed toys for the holiday. Photo by Christian Sperka / Nashville Zoo.

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow? The animals at Nashville Zoo will be enjoying the day with special enrichment items!

“Valentine’s Day is a chance for our animals to receive new items and toys for enrichment, and for our keepers to have a little fun, ” said Jac Menish, curator of behavioral husbandry at Nashville Zoo. “Cardboard in the shape of candy kisses, purple and red paper mache balls, and pink paper chains are just a few of the sweet items the animals will be enjoying during the day.”