Having just published our 2,000th ZooBorns post, we thought it was time to take a look back and reflect on the last 4 years. We crunched the numbers and identified the Top 25 Most Popular Baby Animals since we founded ZooBorns in 2008.
#25- Naked into the World: Amani the Baby Aardvark
We innocently entitled this story about a baby Aardvark "Naked into the World." To this day the post attracts some very strange Google keyword searches… well, joke's on them. Detroit Zoo's Aardvark cub, Amani, was our first and, many Aardvarks later, remains our most popular. Full story
#24 - What's a Tawny Frogmouth?
Hoover and Sawyer, the two Tawny Frogmouth chicks born at SeaWorld, Orlando made a splash on ZooBorns just three months after we launched. Our first book featured a Fennec Fox on the cover in the US and six foreign language versions. The exception was the Korean publisher who saw fit to put one of these fluff-balls on the cover. Full story
#23 - Meet "Badger Girl" the Honey Badger
Feisty, stubborn, smelly, and adventurous, at 14 weeks old "Badger Girl," the Honey Badger cub, exhibited all the trademark charms of her species. A few weeks after sharing this story, the Johannesburg Zoo realized Badger Girl was actually a badger boy and shortened his name to BG. Full story
#22 - Koala Joeys Galore for Australia's Dreamworld
#21 - Ruth the Tiny Two-Toed Sloth
Born underweight, this tiny Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth bounced back thanks to Rosamond Gifford Zoo keepers supplanting her nursing with formula. Now Ruth is happy, healthy and as active as Two-toed Sloth ought to be, which is to say, pretty laid back. Full story
#20 - Siku the Polar Bear Cub and ZooBorns The Next Generation
Siku was the perfect poster-child (cover child?) for our newest book, ZooBorns: The Next Generation, since he A) is shockingly adorable and B) puts an empathetic face on the tremendous challenges posed by climate change like melting sea ice. Zoo's like the Scandinavian Wildlife Park of Djursland's and organizations like Polar Bears International are working hard to spread the word and educate the public on how to help. Full story
#19 - Meet Beau, the Orphan Echidna Puggle
A relatively recent zoo-born, Beau the Echidna was brought to the Taronga Zoo as a 30 day orphan in late October. This unique looking baby, called a puggle, caught even many longtime ZooBorns fans by surprise. Full story
#18 - Double Dose of Baby Sea Otter
Tazo, the orphan Sea Otter was rescued by the Alaska SeaLife Center in the summer of 2010. He enjoys socializing with other Otters, playing in a tote bag full of ice and toys, and eating clams. We here at ZooBorns remain in awe of the rescue and rehabilitation work performed by the Alaska SeaLife Center, which included orphaned walrus calves, Sea Otters, seals and baby Belugas among others this year. Full story
#17 - Munching Baby Marmoset Makes Eyes at the Camera
Photo credits: Wei
#16 - What's a Tamandua?
Just days old in the photo below, this baby Tamandua was still nameless when we included him in the first ZooBorns kids' book. Apparently he was never named and, to this day, children and moms write in asking us what the critter's name is. Tamandua toddlers like little Nameless here hitch a ride on mom’s back for the first part of their life. This baby was born at Discovery Cove. Full story
#15 - Rare Pygmy Loris Twins Born at Moody Gardens
Moving slowly through the tree tops and weighing only a pound or less in adulthood, the Pygmy Slow Loris lives up to its name. Random ZooBorns fun fact - Slow Lorises have been ZooBorns Co-founder Andrew Bleiman's favorite animal since he was 6! Moody Gardens announced the rare birth of Pygmy Slow Loris twins in 2010. Full story
#14 - Thermonuclear Otters
Lethally cute, we dubbed these North American River Otter triplets the "Thermonuclear Otters." Born at the Columbus Zoo, the pups remained secluded in the den with mom for the first two months. Full story
#13 - Meet the World's Smallest Rabbit
Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits are the world's smallest and among the rarest. Native only to a single area of Washington State, the species 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 at Oregon Zoo. Full story
#12 - Baby Otter Swim Lessons
#11 - Arctic Fox Pups at Aquarium of the Pacific
Arctic Foxes have heavily pigmented eyes, which function like built-in sunglasses, to protect them from the glare of sun on snow. These playful pups were born at Aquarium of the Pacific in 2011. Full story
#10 - Black Jaguar Baby
#9 - Feisty Snow Leopard Kitten Born at Binder Park Zoo
One of ZooBorns very first posts, this Snow Leopard kitten born at Binder Park Zoo also has the honor of being the most popular Snow Leopard kitten of the many we've showcased over the years. Full story
#8 - A Face Any Mother Would Love
The Everland Zoo in Seoul, Korea is always full of surprises and their resident photographer, In Cherl Kim, is always there to capture them. This guy is The Master. Check out his Flickr page. These Bat-eared Fox pups look like cartoon characters. Full story
#7 - A Tiny Baby Dik-Dik
Rejected by its mother, this tiny Kirk's Dik-Dik was hand-raised by keepers at England's Chester Zoo where he apparently assists with light clerical work... Standing just 10 inches tall, the baby is bottle fed five times a day and appears to be doing well. Full story
#6 - South Africa Welcomes Prince Harry…
#5 - Rare Sand Kitten Birth Gives Hope for Conservation
Once plentiful in numbers in the dunes of Israel, the Sand Cat has become extinct in the region. This was Safari Zoo's first successful Sand Cat birth, which joined Israel's Sand Cat Breeding Program in order to help reintroduce the species into the wild. Full story
#4 - Pile O' Otter Babies
Asian Small-Clawed Otters are the smallest species of otter and also one of the noisiest. In addition to the photo, we couldn't resist posting the video, which incidentally, remains our most popular. Turns out otter pups chirp like birds! Full story
#3 - National Zoo Announces Rare Clouded Leopard Birth
#2 - It's a Mouse... It's a Deer... It's a Mouse Deer!
It's been two years since we shared the Paignton Zoo's baby Mouse Deer and we still get comments claiming the post is fake! The Lesser Malay Mouse Deer, a species of Chevrotain, is very real, and very small. Full story
#1 - What's Cuter Than a Fennec Fox? Trick question… Nothing!
This photo single handedly introduced ZooBorns to 500,000 new visitors. Twice as popular as our friend the Mouse Deer, this Fennec Fox kit from Korea's Everland Zoo, has since become the ZooBorns' mascot. Many many more Fennec Fox posts...
Want the cliff notes? Enjoy our "executive summary", or Pyr-Aww-mid below. This graphic provides a handy snapshot of the cast of characters that make-up ZooBorns.com and help to ensure you get your daily recommended dietary allowance of adorable animals. Finally, don't forget to order our newest book, ZooBorns: The Next Generation in time for Christmas! 10% of all sales goes to conservation and at $9.99, it's a perfect stocking stuffer.
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