On March 12, Imani, an 18-year-old gorilla at the San Diego Zoo, gave birth to a 4.6 pound baby via caesarian section. The infant was treated for pneumonia and other complications after birth at the animal hospital.
But 12 days later, baby and mama were reunited! Imani immediate cradled her baby in her arms and has been doting on the newborn ever since.
In this photo taken on Monday, March 24, 2014, and provided by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a 12-day old baby gorilla is physically introduced to her mother, Imani, for the first time at the San Diego Zoo. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Matt Gelvin)
Madagascar is known for its unique animals, one of which is the carnivorous fossa. The fossa is related to the mongoose and weighs about 20 lbs. Fossas have tails just as long as their bodies, about 2 and a half feet, which help them balance while climbing trees. Despite this relatively small size, the fossa is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island.
The fossa that has recently joined the Denver Zoo comes from the San Diego Zoo. He is four years old and named Dorian.
Read more about Dorian and see additional photos at KDVR.com.
Bai Yun, who was reported last month to be pregnant, has given birth to a cub this week. She has given birth to four other cubs in her life: Hua Mei, Mei Sheng, Su Lin and Zhen Zhen. The most recent cub has yet to be named.
Although it was possible that she would give birth to twins, it appears that she will not give birth to the second cub. Pandas have the ability to reabsorb a fetus if it is not fully developed.
Photo: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park
A male African elephant calf was born on Friday at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Weighing in at 220 pounds, the baby elephant will be observed for a few days before joining the rest of the herd, which includes four other elephant calves.
The world’s largest land mammals, African elephants can grow as large as 3.3 m (10 ft.) at the shoulder and 6000 kg (6.6 tons). They are considered near threatened by the IUCN as poaching and urban sprawl pose massive threats to their survival in the wild.
Baby Bornean sun bears Palu and Pagi were born at the San Diego Zoo on October 25. They debuted at the San Diego Zoo exhibit on Monday.
This is the third birth of Bornean sun bears in North America. Bornean sun bears are the smallest species of bear. Their small stature and long claws make the bears well-suited to living in trees. Due to habitat loss, poaching, and pet trade, Bornean sun bears are endangered in the wild.