The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore welcomed a male baby Coquerel’s sifaka on November 12 and named him Nero. At birth, the baby lemur weighed 94 grams, about the weight of a deck of cards. According to Meredith Wagoner, mammal collection and conservation manager, “Sifaka are born with sparse hair and resemble tiny gremlins, however their white hair soon grows in, and they begin to resemble their parents.”
In the wild, Coquerel’s sifaka inhabit the island of Madagascar. They are endangered as a result of habitat loss from deforestation. Sifaka are different from other lemurs in the way they hop through treetops in an upright posture using only their hind legs. They propel themselves on the ground by side-hopping on their hind legs.
Visitors to the Bronx Zoo can now see a 5-month-old okapi calf! Okapis are distinctive animals that look like a cross between a zebra and horse but are actually more closely related to giraffes. Okapi babies are unique in that they do not defecate for 4-8 weeks after birth. This is a natural defense that reduces any scents that may draw predators near while the baby is vulnerable.
Watch as a sable antelope takes her first steps just minutes after being born:
Although the first steps can be a little shaky, it only takes 3-5 days for sable antelope babies to be able to run as fast as the herd.
Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed another new addition: a baby Cape buffalo! Cape buffaloes are extremely social; members of the same group will stay in direct contact with each other and will often sleep with their heads resting on one another.
At birth, this baby Cape buffalo weighed 45 pounds. Full-grown Cape buffaloes can weigh up to 2000 pounds!
Photos and video by Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Sumatran tiger cub at Oklahoma City Zoo. (Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman and Newsok)
The Oklahoma City Zoo recently put its four Sumatran tiger cubs, which were born on July 9, out for public display. According to Oklahoma City Zoo’s Mammal Curator Laura Bottaro, “These beautiful cats are a critically endangered species and every birth enables us to further the health and conservation of the species.” In the wild, Sumatran tigers live on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and are the smallest subspecies of tiger. To learn more about the Sumatran tiger cubs, see the Oklahoma City Zoo website.
The Toledo Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of two Amur tiger cubs, which were born September 26. They will go on public display in January. Amur tigers (aka Siberian tigers) are endangered and reside in a small region in southeast Russia. They are also located in small numbers in China and North Korea. Amur tigers are the largest subspecies of tiger. To learn more about Amur tigers, see Animal Fact Guide’s article, Siberian Tiger. To learn more about the new tiger cubs, see the Toledo Zoo website.
On Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14, starting at 8pm both nights, Nat Geo WILD is airing a special program devoted to sustaining vulnerable species called Miracle Babies. In five hour-long episodes, viewers gain a window into the world of baby pandas, leopards, Tasmanian devils, lemurs, koalas, wallabies, ibises, parrots, and more.
Watch a video below of cute baby pandas raised in captivity in Chengdu, China:
Watch a video below of adorable baby sifaka lemurs:
Watch a video below of two baby Tasmanian devils (one baby even gets hiccups after feeding):
Watch LIVE footage of a pair of wild spotted eagle owls nesting in a potted plant on a balcony in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Normally, spotted eagle owls make their nests on the ground, sheltered by a bush, grass, or rocks. Because their habitat is declining due to development, the eagle owls have been forced to find other suitable nesting areas within a more urban landscape.
Over the next 60-70 days, you can witness the following events:
Laying & Incubation – It takes 7-8 days for all the eggs to be laid. The eggs are incubated for about 30 days
Hatching – All eggs hatch more or less at the same time. The owl chicks start to open their eyes at approximately two weeks old. It’s lovely to watch the chicks trying to focus on objects around them!
Exploring – About 30 days after hatching, the chicks become more active and adventurous. They want to explore all day and night. They start moving around a lot more, flapping their wings, playing with objects in the pot, and standing on the lip of the pot.
Flying – When they have the strength to get back to the balcony, the chicks keep flying off the balcony and coming back. In the wild, this doesn’t usually occur because the nests are closer to the ground, and are therefore closer to danger.
Fledging – It’s always bitter sweet to say goodbye!
Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington is home to two grizzly bear brothers named Keema and Denali. Now you can watch the bears live at your computer! The zoo installed a webcam in the bears’ enclosure, so you can watch them forage, fish, and more! During the summer months, the best time to see the grizzlies is between 10:00 – 11:00 am PT and 2:00 – 3:00 pm PT.
On Wednesday, August 3, at 11:15 am PT, you can watch live as zookeepers set up piñatas for the bears!
In the wild, grizzly bears inhabit Alaska, western Canada, and parts of the northwestern United States. In the US, grizzly bears are a protected species under the Endangered Species Act. They are threatened by habitat loss due to logging, development, and mining. Only about 1200 – 1400 grizzly bears live in five separate populations in the continental US, including areas in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington. To learn more about grizzly bears, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Grizzly Bear.