On March 30, SeaWorld Orlando welcomed a harbor seal pup. The pup was born to 41-year-old mother, Dagwood. Both are doing well and are being cared for by SeaWorld’s animal care team.
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.”
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.”
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.
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!
“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!
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.”
On December 13, Nashville Zoo welcomed a baby alpaca into the world! The male calf, named Bandit, is the first baby alpaca to be born at the zoo.
“Based on the mother’s weight gain, we had predicted the baby would be born in spring, so his arrival on a December Saturday morning was quite a surprise,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Area Supervisor. “We are thrilled that baby Bandit is healthy and on exhibit with the rest of our alpacas.”
The baby now weighs 14 pounds and stands at 2 feet tall. He will be on exhibit at Critter Encounters, an interactive area where guests can get up-close experiences with goats, camels, Galapagos tortoises, and birds, throughout the winter.
Alpacas are domesticated animals native to the mountains of South America.
Learn more at the Nashville Zoo website.
The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska welcomed a baby aardvark on October 1. The little calf, who currently weighs around 12 pounds, is now on public display!
When the little guy or gal (the baby’s gender is still unknown at this time) reaches adulthood, he or she will weigh anywhere from 110-150 pounds.
In the wild, aardvarks live throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. They have long, sticky tongues that help them catch termites and ants. Their long, tubular snouts help them reach into termite mounds.
Kangaroo joeys are popping up left and right at Nashville Zoo! Up to six of the zoo’s nine female kangaroos are carrying joeys, and now many of the little ‘roos are old enough to peek out from their mothers’ pouches.
“We have been waiting with anticipation for a joey sighting since confirming the first pregnancy in April,” said Kacie Cummings, Contact Areas Supervisor. “Our joeys range in age from one month to six months, so getting the opportunity to see them at the different stages of development throughout the next year will be exciting for our guests.”
Learn more at the Nashville Zoo website.