The Denver Zoo is proud to announce the birth of four endangered red
panda cubs! The July 9th birth of quadruplet red panda cubs is extremely rare;
this marks only the fifth recorded birth of quadruplets at an
accredited U.S. zoo.
Although adult Meller's Ducks look very similar to the common Mallard, they are a distinct, and highly endangered species native only to Madagascar. Keepers at the Louisville Zoo were startled to discover two eggs in the Meller's Duck enclosure during a routine cleaning in May. After 26 days in the incubator, two tiny ducklings were born and are doing well.
After 22 months of pregnancy, mother elephant Christie gave birth to a high-spirited female calf weighing in at 251 lbs or 114 kg at Utah's Hogle Zoo. According to the Zoo's Elephant Manager, Doug Tomkinson, the birth went remarkably quickly and easily. Part of the AZA's Species Survival Plan for African Elephants, this birth contributes to the sustainable population of this species in North America.
Once abundant throughout shorelines on the East Coast and Midwest, hunting and human development reduced the Piping Plover population to an estimated 20-30 individuals along the Great Lakes. However, since conservation began in earnest in the mid 1980s, the population has recovered to at least 70 breeding pairs counted in 2009.
Just a few weeks agos, three abandoned Piping Plover eggs were discovered along Lake Michigan and transferred to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Hatched and reared by zoo staff, the grown chicks were returned to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan on Aug. 7th.
This Saturday the Antwerp Zoo welcomed a new zebra foal to it's ranks. While camouflaged well against its mother, the striking stripes and lanky frame make it a standout among visitors. Researchers used to think that zebras were born white and grew black stripes but have recently discovered that the underlying color is in fact black and the white color is the add-on.
Meerkats are actually a type of mongoose but, unlike their loner brethren, they are highly social. Here the Belfast Zoo's newest playful meerkat pups emerge from the den and explore their surroundings, as their relatives keep a characteristic meerkat lookout.
A baby Ring-tail Lemur takes in its surroundings from the safety of mom's back last week at Trotter's World in the United Kingdom. Highly social animals, large numbers of Ring-tails will huddle together and intertwine their limbs and tails for warmth, creating a "lemur ball." Photos courtesy of Fi in Eden.
Highly social leaf-eating monkeys, Silvery Langurs are native to Southeast Asia. Like some other types of langurs, baby silvery langurs are born with bright orange fur. This is mother Patty's first baby but the third for the Columbus Zoo, the other two born to "Gumby."