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May 2012

Peek-a-Boo Roo Joey for Zoo Brno


A little head peeked out from it's mother's pocket on an early spring day at ZOO Brno in the Czec Republic. This Kanagaroo Joey seemed ready for the camera and its close up as it inadvertantly struck several charming poses while snug in mom's pouch.

Kangaroo babies are "born" months before they ever get to be this size and peek out of the pouch like this. As marsupials, they come into the world after a gestation period of only 30-35 days in a hairless, underdeveloped state and find their way into mom's pouch where they continue to grow and nurse for about 10 months before they begin to leave it's safety for short periods. They may hop out but return there until they are fully weaned - at about the 13 months.

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Photo Credit: Zoo Brno

One Two Three Little Piglets!


What's sweeter than baby pigs? Miniature baby pigs! These three little Juliana pigs, two boys and a girl, were born on April 1 and have arrived to play and grow at the Cincinnati Zoo Children's Zoo nursery. The orange one is a male named Cinder. Of the two spotted piglets, the male is named Thatcher, and the little female is named Magnolia. 

These are domestic pigs, bred for their small size. Mini Juliana pigs are usually spotted and come in a variety of colors. These babies will eventually weigh between 20-50 pounds on a diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, bugs, worms and eggs, and grow to be about 2 feet in length. This breed can live to be between 15 and 20 years old.


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Photo Credit: Picture1, Cincinnati Zoo, Pictures 2-3, Ernest Coleman

Belfast Zoo Celebrates First Chimpanzee Birth in 15 Years!


Belfast Zoo is celebrating the arrival of the first Chimpanzee to be born at the zoo since 1997. On March 17, little Lucy came into the world to mother Lizzie, and father, Andy.  

Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, is delighted with the latest arrival, “We had been looking forward to celebrating Lizzie’s 40th birthday this summer and it was a wonderful surprise to discover her pregnancy. She has been a wonderful mother in the past and this time is no exception. Lewis, Kim, Phoebe, Sophie and Andy are also excited about the new arrival and are paying Lizzie and Lucy extra attention. Our visitors are always fascinated by the chimpanzees, I think, in part, because we recognize so much of ourselves in them. Humans and chimpanzees share 98% of the same DNA!”

Chimpanzees originate from Western Central Africa and The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) believes that chimpanzees are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Populations have declined by more than 66% in the last 30 years due to deforestation, hunting and many other factors. It is therefore imperative that zoos play an active role in the conservation of this species. 


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Photo Credit: Belfast Zoo

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Clouded Leopard Cubs To Turn Two Months Old!

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Photo Credits: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo's Clouded Leopard cubs have names: The female, is now Suksn (pronounced Sook-Son); her brother, is Chận sūng (pronounced Chan-Soon). Her new name means "mischievous;" his means "noble." Nearly 6,000 votes were cast in the name-the-cubs survey. This Sunday, the cubs turn two months old and, as you can see, they are getting more playful every time we check in with them!

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Cincinnati Welcomes Three Wee Fox Kits


In the wild, Bat-eared Foxes emerge from their den at dusk to prowl for prey. They tend to hang out near herds of Zebra, Buffalo, and other large mammals that attract insects.  Listening intently with its five-inch long ears, the Fox can detect a termite chewing grass or a beetle larva burrowing underground. Three Bat-eared Fox pups (2 females and 1 male) were born April 9 at Cincinnati Zoo to proud parents Runt and Pombre.



Photo credit: Connie Lemperle / Cincinnati Zoo

Emperor Scorpion Has 25 Babies at the Cincinnati Zoo!


The Emperor Scorpion, like the one pictured above, is the largest in the world. And this one has had 25 babies!  According to Thane Maynard from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, their new video of the scorpion and all those offspring is the "coolest thing you'll see all week."  

And it is indeed pretty cool, unless you are squeamish about seeing a giant arthropod walking around with 25 babies on her back! The Giant Emperor scorpion, from tropical Africa, is the largest scorpion in the world, and the Cincinnati Zoo is one of the few places that breed them.  

An interesting fact: If you see one at another Zoo or Museum, chances are good that they were born at the Cincinnati Zoo. A typical litter size is 25, so they have plenty to share with other institutions. The video below will show you the mother and all her little snow-white babies.

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Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo

Diminutive Duikers Give Birth to Descendant!


Look closely, or you might just miss this tiny baby Duiker, born Saturday April 21 to first time mom Peanut and dad Cinco at Virginia Zoo. The baby, named Todd, weighs just one pound and is about the size of a Guinea pig! “This is Peanut’s first baby, and she seems to be doing a great job,” noted zookeeper Aubry Hall.  

Blue Duikers are found in the forests of  Central and South Africa. They can weigh  nearly 12 pounds and stand just shy of 16 inches tall at the shoulder. Their brown coat has a slight blue tinge.  The name "Duiker" is Dutch  for "diver" and Duikers use their long hind legs and short forelegs to dive into the underbrush when threatened. 


Photo credit: Virginia Zoo

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Czech it out! Two Brown Bear Cubs Make Their Public Debut!


On Thursday, two Kamchatka Brown Bear cubs made their first ever public appearance at Zoo Brno in the Czech Republic. The cubs received their shots, each was microchipped, and vets determined that the cubs are males. All this in a fifteen minute check up! Immediately after the check up and press debut, the cubs returned to their den where they'll remain until they are ready to roam their outdoor exhibit. The Kamchatka Brown Bear is a subspecies of the Brown Bear native to the Anadyrsky District, the Kamchatka Peninsula, Karaginskiy Island, the Kuril Islands, the coastal strip west of the Sea of Okhotsk southward to the Stanovoy Range and the Shantar Islands.



Photo credit: Zoo Brno / Martin Lukac

Newborn Alaskan Sea Otter Finds Safe Haven at Pittsburgh Zoo

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The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, working along with the Alaska SeaLife Center, has provided a safe home for a newborn Sea Otter pup found stranded along an Alaskan coastline. He was found lying next to other sea otters, all who had died from exposure when they were cut off from the ocean by a frozen bay; In an attempt to get to the ocean, they accidentally beached themselves off the coast of Port Heiden.

“We told the caregivers how to keep him alive until we could arrive,” said Brett Long, husbandry director at the Alaskan SeaLife Center. The most important concern was to ensure the pup was in a cool environment, that its temperature remained steady, and it received fluids and electrolytes. The residents used a baby bottle filled with Pedialyte, a milk replacer, to feed the pup every couple of hours.

The next milestone for the little pup will be to acclimate to his new environment in Pittsburgh, begin eating solid food, respond to keeper’s cues which will teach him cooperative and husbandry behaviors. These behaviors will allow him to participate in his own care such as voluntary weigh-ins, and presentation of paws and flippers. He will develop his natural instincts as he grows and when he is bigger will be slowly introduced to Alki and Chugach, the Zoo’s current sea otter residents. Visitors are able to see the little pup in a special nursery in the lower level of Water’s Edge.

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Photo Credit: Alaska SeaLife Center

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