According to Toronga Zoo keepers, 5-month-old Luk Chai, Australia's first Elephant calf, is on the fast track to adulthood. Not too fast though! Keepers have begun teaching him simple elephant words--indications and directions on where to stand and in which direction to walk--by rewarding the youngster with sweet treats like raisins and apples. While the calf is learing fast, there's still plenty of time for play, as demonstrated by these images from J9Fabre.
Just four days ago, Zoo Sauvage of St-Félicien in Quebec welcomed two baby Polar Bear cubs and the Zoo's den-cam captured the cubs' birth and first hours. This ultra rare footage of newborn Polar Bear cubs reveals this fact - baby polar bears spend their entire first day screeching.
Note that these grainy low-light videos are not so much cute as they are EXTREMELY noisy. Mother Polar Bears should be issued Aspirin.
A few weeks back, we brought you the first photos of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's newest little White Rhino calf. Today we bring you new video of the calf in full romp mode, close by mom's side, of course.
The German orangutan boom continues with 10-week-old baby Bulan at the Berlin Zoo. In these first glimpse pictures, five-time mother Bini proudly cradles her new baby boy and, apparently, enjoys munching on some hay.Sumatran Orangutan Society.
The endangered Western Pond Turtle faces threats from habitat degradation and disease, but the biggest threat to these little turtles are invasive bullfrogs that have thrived in the Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. These huge frogs gobble up tiny turtle hatchlings like Whitman's Samplers. By breeding Western Pond Turtles and raising them until they are large enough to be off the bullfrog's menu, the Oregon Zoo is helping to rebuild the turtle population.
Preparing to storm the shores of the Columbia River Gorge
Home sweet home
The Singapore Zoo has hatched the first baby Komodo Dragon in it's 34 year history. Here you get a rare glimpse at the world's heaviest lizard at it's very smallest: just hatched! At this size the apex predator of the the Indonesian isles looks pretty harmless but in adulthood wild Komodo Dragons grow up to 10ft long and eat deer or even buffalo!
We've had several orangutan births featured lately, and Germany is the next to carry the torch. Born November 24th to proud mom Daisy, Dresden Zoo's tiny new orangutan is a real charmer, already full of character and eager to please. Much like humans, mother orangutans often teach their young through play.
Photos credits: Michael Kappeler, AFP/Getty Images
"Little" Ebun is a three month old White Rhinoceros at Germany's Münster Zoo, which we covered back in September. A couple of weeks ago, the Belgian photography team Life on White traveled to the zoo and took some of their amazing trademark shots, which they were kind enough to share. Enjoy.
Photo credits: Life on White
A baby manatee or "sea cow" was born recently at the Singapore Zoo and is now on display to the public. This "little" guy may be cuddly looking now, but adult manatees can weigh over 1.5 tons.