To learn more about clever octopuses, see our common octopus facts page.
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.
Watch a video below:
Learn more about cheetahs at our cheetah facts article.
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!
Watch Bao Bao the giant panda from the National Zoo in Washington, DC enjoy her first snow!
Here’s a first look at the little baby gorilla born at the London Zoo today!
Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild. This little baby is the future of the captive breeding program to preserve this species.
Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA welcomed three male African lion cubs on October 24. Mother Adia and cubs are bonding and nursing well in an off-view maternity den. Zoo staff will monitor the newborn lions over the next several weeks to ensure their healthy development.
Watch a video of Adia and her cubs the day they were born:
In the wild, African lions inhabit the grasslands, shrub, and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. They are considered vulnerable of extinction by the IUCN Red List. They are threatened by loss/fragmentation of habitat as well as disease. They are also killed by humans in bravery rituals, as hunting trophies, for medicinal powers, or by ranchers protecting their livestock. To learn more about lions, see our lion facts article.
Learn more about the lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo at their blog.
Much like humans, bonobos show kindness to strangers. Through experiments and observation, researchers have seen bonobos demonstrate empathy and go out of their way to help others.
Watch a video below about bonobos, kindness, and their unfortunate predicament in the wild:
Source: National Geographic.
Learn more about bonobos in our bonobo facts article.
Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is home to Marty, an 8 week old baby porcupine (or porcupette). The roly-poly porcupine was born on April 4 to parents Molly and Oliver.
She was captured on camera enjoying a treat of leaves, twigs, and bark in her exhibit in the Northern Trail. Watch the video below:
Learn more about Marty at the Woodland Park Zoo website.
Photo and video by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.