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April 2009

Condor Chicks in San Diego

The California Condor was bred back from the brink of extinction. In 1988 only 22 were left in the world, all of those in captivity. Still critically endangered, there are now 321 known living condors, 172 of which are wild. Born just days ago, these tiny chicks epitomize "ugly-cute."  

(Note that video ends at 1:07 but continues to run) 

The San Diego Zoo's captive breeding program deserves part of the credit for the rebound of this species, although it still has a long way to go. Learn more about California Condor conservation at the SD Zoo's condor page.

It's a Giraffe!

SAN FRANCISCO (April 2, 2009) – Today, the San Francisco Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a reticulated giraffe calf to proud mom, Kristin.




This is Kristin’s third calf and marks the sixth calf sired by Floyd at the San Francisco Zoo. This is the second giraffe birth this year for the herd. A female named Bititi gave birth to a calf, Camilla, on January 26, 2009.

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ZooBorns for iPhone is growing up

Now with save image functionality, the free ZooBorns iPhone application enables you to save images to your camera roll.  Download a picture to your iPhone and use it as a desktop image, email it, or assign it to a contact... Anything you want!


In case you missed the other updates, the application now allows users to go back in time to view older posts. We'd love to get your feedback at the iTunes Music Store and 5 star ratings are much appreciated!

Now That's a Fur Coat

On March 18th proud, Collared Lemur parents Vera and Jean Luc gave birth to a single tiny baby at the Bronx Zoo. Like the sifaka lemurs we have covered, baby collared lemurs cling tightly to mom for the first few weeks of life. We'd show you more but all we can see is a head, a hand, and the occasional tail sticking out of the fluff. 

Baby collared lemur with mom 1

Baby collared lemur 1

Baby collared lemur 2

Baby collared lemur 3

Check out the Bronx Zoo's awesome Lemur Life site to learn about the distinct personalities of their resident lemurs.

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Endangered Fennec Hare Born at Korea Zoo

The birth of one of the world's rarest creatures was celebrated this week at North Korea's Pyongyang People's Zoo. The Fennec Hare is on the brink of extinction with only a handful remaining in captivity.

Photo Credit: Troop 1

Once found throughout the Iperian Steppe, but now critically endangered, the Fennec hare relies on its acute auditory sense to evade predators and detect its favored prey, the D. carota beetle.