Baby Meerkats at Sydney Zoo


(Photos: Rick Stevens/Associated Press)

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is now home to baby meerkats Zanzibar and Nairobi, who are the first meerkats born at the zoo in nine years. Although they are only a month old, the pups are already eating solid food.  In the video you can see them happily gobbling up some grubs.

For more info about Zanzibar and Nairobi, see LA Times.

To learn more about meerkats in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Meerkat.

Sydney Zoo Welcomes Baby Pygmy Hippo

Monifa, a baby pygmy hippopotamus, was born 3 weeks ago at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Pygmy hippos are extremely rare in the wild, with only around 3000 living in Africa.

The birth, which was the first in 23 years for the zoo, was a difficult one. Monifa was born backwards, which may have been problematic in the wild, and she was also very weak.  However, zookeepers stepped in, and Monifa is now healthy.

For more information:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/07/2413245.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2008/11/07/2413405.htm