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October 2009

That's a Tiny Dama Gazelle!

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a female dama gazelle calf Friday, Oct. 2, to 2-year-old female Adara and 2-year-old male Rajih. The calf weighed 5 kilograms (11 pounds) at birth. Zoo keepers have observed the calf nursing, grooming, and galloping—all good signs pointing to good health!






Photo Credit: Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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Babies of M’Bopicuá

Uruguay's M’Bopicuá Breeding Station works to protect and repopulate native species in danger of extinction around their conservation area. A member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, M’Bopicuá also focuses on environmental education and training with local school children.

Yesterday M’Bopicuá, known in Spanish as Estación de Cría de Fauna M'Bopicuá, shared three beautiful species born at their location, all of which are new to ZooBorns. 

Pampas Cat Kitten

M’Bopicuá Regalo Pampas Cat Baby Kitten rs 

Southern Screamer Parents and Chicks

M’Bopicuá Chajás con pichones Southern Screamer chicks rs

Southern River Otter Pup

M’Bopicuá Southern River Otter Baby Pup

For information on each of the species above click Continue Reading

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Chester Zoo Welcomes a Lanky Crane Chick

A mother West African Crowned Crane keeps a beady eye on her new charge as it takes its first steps at Chester Zoo. The little crane - which one day will grow up to look as unusual as its attentive mum - is the first to be bred in the UK.

West african crowned crane chick chester zoo 1 rs 

West african crowned crane chick chester zoo 2 rs
Female cranes can have up to five chicks in one go, but mum seems perfectly content to take just one under her wing. (On an noneducational note... crane chicks look like dinosaur chickens to us)

Brand New Pygmy Hippo Hits Rotterdam

A newborn baby pygmy hippo from Rotterdam’s Blijdorp Zoo, is no bigger than a head of lettuce! The pygmy hippo grows to just over 3ft tall - just one fifth of the size of the common hippopotamus and is the only other species of hippo in the world. Reclusive and nocturnal, the mammals are semi-aquatic and need to live near water to keep their skin moisturized and their bodies cool.