Baby mongooses were out exploring yesterday at Denmark's Odense Zoo. A curious and social species, the Common Dwarf Mongoose can live to 20 years in captivity. Celebrated in ancient Egypt for their fearlessness, mongooses were sometimes mummified and buried in Egyptian tombs to serve as guardians.
After months of waiting, Colchester Zoo’s keepers are celebrating the arrival of the first baby white rhino to be born in the UK through Artificial Insemination. The male was born to Cynthia, one of Colchester Zoo’s white rhinos in the early hours of Sunday 3rd October after a 16 month pregnancy.
Kalijon, a 5-month old baby orangutan, is now in the care of a foster mother at the Kansas City Zoo after five months of being nurtured around the clock by humans. Step mom Jill has proven to be a very attentive surrogate.
The Kudu is a forest antelope native to eastern and southern Africa. This baby girl was born September 23rd at Switzerland's Zoo Basel, which seems to have no end of rare babies and outstanding pictures. Little "Giza", pictured below, is actually a Lesser Kudu, the smaller of the two Kudu species. On a side note, species are commonly named "lesser" to indicate a smaller sized species within the same genus. It is not intended as an insult.
Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits are the world's smallest and among the rarest. Native only to a single area of Washington State, this once isolated population of Pygmy rabbits usually weighs less than a pound in adulthood and was declared extinct in the wild in the '90s, after the remaining 14 bunnies were scooped up and taken into the equivalent of bunny protective custody.
This year the Oregon Zoo welcomed 26 of the little guys, bringing this year's total to 73 baby bunnies (kits) among participating breeding facilities. Color is added to the ears in the pictures below so zoo staff can tell the kits apart.
Unlike most rabbits, the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit did not breed prodigously in captivity, partially due to inbreeding within the tiny wild population. As a result they were cross bred with Idaho Pygmy Rabbits and subsequent breeding efforts have been more successful. Learn more by clicking on "Continue reading..." below or at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Only two weeks ago, Italy's Biopark Zoo welcomed a baby giraffe to its fold. Now the zoo is holding a contest to name the "little" one. Only a short time remains for "bambini" to suggest a name via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The opportunity ends tomorrow, so dig out your Italian dictionaries!
The Phoenix Zoo has pioneered efforts to save the Arabian Oryx from extinction. In 1967, four years after the Phoenix Zoo started their oryx program, the species went completely extinct in the wild. Today an estimated 1,500 Arabian Oryx live in zoos and wildlife preserves around the world and most of these animals can be traced back to the original seven sent to the Phoenix Zoo in 1963.
Just recently the Phoenix Zoo (Twitter @PhoenixZoo) welcomed its 237th baby oryx calf. Named “Nadirah” (nuh-deer-uh), Arabic for precious or rare, the girl weighed only 13.5lbs at birth but will grow to be between 200-400 lbs in adulthood! She is reportedly strong, feisty, and quite vocal, just like her father.
The San Diego Zoo has been holding out on us. They have been hoarding adorable videos of their baby panda cub since his first check-up and just unleashed them on the world all at once! It's almost too much to take. Videos below of examinations 6, 3 and 1, starting with the most recent.
Two more videos below the fold!
While it might look like a zebra or horse, the okapi is actually the only living relative of the giraffe. A shy, reclusive forest dweller, little is known about okapis in the wild.
On October 3rd, mother okapi Betty gave birth to a female calf at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Mother and daughter are bonding well, as the pictures below demonstrate.
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Native to New Guinea, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon (named after Queen Victoria) is vulnerable due to habitat loss. The Zoological Society of London was thrilled at this recent birth, which was part of a European program to breed a "reserve population" in the event that the species ever went extinct in the wild.