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November 2010

First Panda Born in the U.S. in 2010: Zoo Atlanta

Lun Lun, a 13-year-old female Giant Panda at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to her third cub on November 3, 2010. The cub, born at 5:39 a.m. in a specially-prepared birthing den in the Zoo’s giant panda building, is the only giant panda to be born in the U.S. in 2010. Lun Lun appears to be providing appropriate care for her cub, which is roughly the size of a cell phone. The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams will continue round-the-clock monitoring of mother and cub, and a preliminary veterinary checkup will be performed as soon as staff is able to remove the cub without disrupting maternal care.

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Photo credits: Zoo Atlanta

You can also view Lun Lun and her baby on the Zoo's pandacam.

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Baby Chimpanzee Welcomed at Everland Zoo

Korea's Everland Zoo recently welcomed a baby Chimpanzee and these outstanding pictures were taken by zoo photographer In Cherl Kim just three days ago. Human's closest living relative, Chimpanzees have highly complex social structures and distinct cultures within communities with preferences for different types of tool use. For example, some groups of Chimpanzees use long sticks to fish out termites from within their mounds (imagine Fun Dip, just with twigs instead of the edible spoon and termites instead of the citrusy-sugar). Other groups of Chimps use rocks to smash open nuts or dig their way into beehives high in the trees. 

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It's a Girl! Taronga's First Female Elephant Calf

Taronga's third Asian Elephant calf was born at 1:12 AM last night Sydney Time. The calf is the Zoo's first female and it is the fifth calf born to the Australian Conservation Management Plan for these endangered elephants. The calf was born in the paddock four years to the day of the arrival of the herd from Thailand in 2006. Zoo keepers helped the healthy 120 kg youngster into the elephant barn with its mother, Pak Boon, where it was soon walking around and suckling without help.

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Photo credits: Bobby-Jo Vial / Taronga Zoo

 

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