Year in Review: Baby Animals of 2013

What a wonderful year it’s been for adorable baby animals! Here are a few highlights:

Most Eager Eyes: Pictured below is one of two female lion cubs who were born at Busch Gardens on March 20. The cubs have genetic lines from the Kalahari and Kruger regions of South Africa, where lions are recognized for their large size and impressive manes on the males.

Lion cubs at Busch Gardens

Photo by Busch Gardens.

Best Peek-a-Boo: Max, a little Coquerel’s sifaka (pronounced CAH-ker-rells she-FAHK — it’s a species of lemur), was born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on March 30. In the wild, Coquerel’s sifaka live solely on the island of Madagascar, which is off the southeastern coast of Africa.

Baby lemur

Baby sifaka at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Photo by Jeffrey F. Bill.

 Most Spiky: The Woodland Park Zoo welcomed a North American porcupette (baby porcupine) on April 18. Porcupettes are born with soft quills that harden a few hours after birth, providing quick protection against predators.

Baby porcupine at Woodland Park Zoo

The new porcupette at one day old at the Woodland Park Zoo. Photo by Ryan Hawk / Woodland Park Zoo.

Best Hugger: This baby bonobo was born on May 12 at the Memphis Zoo. In the wild, bonobos inhabit the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Currently, the IUCN has categorized bonobos as endangered.

Bonobo and baby

Bonobo baby with mom Kiri. Photo credit: Laura Horn, Memphis Zoo.

Sleepiest Piggy-Backer: It’s a tie between this baby anteater and this baby spider monkey, both of whom were born in June at Busch Gardens!

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Weighing less than 5 pounds, this baby anteater will eventually grow to be over 100 pounds. The little anteater will ride on his mother’s back for about a year.

Spider monkey

This baby spider monkey got comfy sleeping on his mother’s back.

Rare Birth: King is an Eastern black rhinoceros born at the Lincoln Park Zoo on August 26. In the wild, Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered due to poaching. It is estimated that there are only 5000 left in the wild in Africa.

King, a baby rhino.

After a few timid steps, King gained confidence in the outdoor exhibit, taking in all the new sights and scents. Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Lincoln Park Zoo.

Cutest Snout: Meet Gabana, a baby giant anteater born at the Nashville Zoo on November 16. In the wild, giant anteaters inhabit the tropical forests of Central and South America. They are considered vulnerable of extinction by the IUCN.

Baby giant anteater at Nashville Zoo. Photo by Heather Robertson / Nashville Zoo.

Baby giant anteater at Nashville Zoo. Photo by Heather Robertson / Nashville Zoo.

Tallest Baby: In the early morning hours of December 13, a female Masai giraffe was born at Nashville Zoo!  At birth, the calf was already 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 180 lbs.

Photo by Amiee Stubbs / Nashville Zoo.

Photo by Amiee Stubbs / Nashville Zoo.

Hope you enjoyed our roundup of cute animal babies of 2013. Happy New Year!

Baby Animals at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens welcomed a trio of baby animals this summer: a giant anteater, a spider monkey, and a kangaroo!

Currently a month old and weighing less than 5 pounds, the baby anteater will eventually grow to be over 100 pounds. The little anteater will ride on his mother’s back for about a year.Baby anteater

Baby anteater

Also spending his days riding on his mother’s back, the baby spider monkey was born in June.
Spider monkey

Spider monkey

Finally, the newest kangaroo at Busch Gardens, named Louis, weighs under 10 pounds and spends most of his time in his mother’s pouch.Kangaroo joey

Kangaroo joey

Edmonton Welcomes Baby Spider Monkey

If you happen to visit the Valley Zoo in Edmonton, Alberta and see a ball of fuzz clinging on the back of one of the spider monkey, don’t worry – it’s just the newest member of the zoo family. The new baby was born on February 1st and was just the guest of honor at a coming out party at the zoo.

For the next six to 10 weeks the baby will cling to its mother’s back. After the baby gains some independence and starts exploring on its own the staff will be able to determine the gender. Until then the baby will be unnamed.

In the wild, squirrel monkeys are found in Central and South America. They have a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

Read more at CBC News.

New Zoo Babies at Florida Zoo

Baby black and white ruffed lemur

The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida is host to a slew of new baby animals.  Pictured above is a five-week-old black and white ruffed lemur baby.  The zoo also welcomed a baby spider monkey and a Florida sandhill crane.  The baby crane’s father is actually a wild crane who flew into the zoo.

For more info: Florida Today