Last week, Zooborns delivered footage of Hamilton Zoo's boisterous rhino baby tossing around both before and after birth. When he's not racing around the enclosure to the amusement of zoo visitors and keepers alike, he exhibits a gentler, softer side.
Keeping close to Mom...
The shy, elusive okapi lives only in the dense forests of the Congo and is the only surviving ancestor of giraffes. This gentle little girl was just born June 27th at the Denver Zoo. Although she looks like a tiny zebra on stilts at the moment, she will eventually grow as big as 500 lbs!
Photo credits: Dave Parsons / Denver Zoo
Maybe you've felt a baby kicking in the womb, but we can only imagine what it's like to have a baby rhino fussing about in there (check out his feet)! In this short but fascinating video, the Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand shares their new baby white rhino's progress from gestation, through his first steps, and first romps about his enclosure.
On June 8th the Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed its first ever Humboldt penguin chick. In this series of pictures you can watch the chick over the course of its first few weeks as veterinarians inspect it and then drop it in the bowl to be weighed, kind of like a safety seat for penguin chicks.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs may look like stuffed animals come to life, but they are actually important ambassadors for their critically endangered species, native to Madagascar. These wide-eyed twins were recently born at the Detroit Zoo and serve as a reminder to the desperate conservation needs of their wild relatives. Donations can be made to help protect these adorable little guys via the Lemur Conservation Foundation.
Caught in the act... of being lemurs!
If this isn't a ready-made donation postcard for the Lemur Foundation, I don't know what is.
Just like baby humans must learn to walk, baby sea lions must learn to swim. This little female sea lion pup, born June 14th at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, is no exception so keepers have lowered the water level in the enclosure to something closer to an inflatable kiddy pool than a nice fancy inground. As the pup grows, so too will the water depth, kind of like YMCA swimming classes.
Little sea lion thinks she could get used to this...
Enough splashing. Nap time.
Photo credit for last photo: Alyssa Todd
This baby Cape porcupine was born June 6th at Switzerland's Zoo Basel. Unusually long-lived for a rodent, Cape porcupines live up to 20 years. Although the English name is hardly any better, we are always amused by the German translations of animal names, in this case the German word for "baby porcupine" roughly translates to "Prickly Piggy."
On June 20th the LA Zoo welcomed a new Japanese serow calf. A type of goat-antelope, Japanese serows live in dense forests basically minding their own serow business.
On July 2nd the Toronto Zoo weclomed two snow leopard cubs. Critically endangered in the wild, snow leopards may some day depend on the genetic diversity preserved at zoos and aquariums for their species' survival. In the meantime, organizations like the Toronto Zoo and the Snow Leopard Trust offer fair trade products made by people living in snow leopard habitat to increase household income to deter poaching and raise awareness of the leopards' plight.
This weekend at Australia's Taronga Zoo, officials announced the anticipated birth of an Asian elephant calf. Mother and child are doing well. The newborn was even able to soak up some rays outside, just a day after his birth.