Zoo keepers and veterinary staff at Denver Zoo are working around the
clock to care for emperor tamarin twins, orphaned after the death of
their mother. Yana, the twins’ mother, died on July 30, just three
weeks after giving birth from cancer.
The Denver Zoo is proud to announce the birth of four endangered red
panda cubs! The July 9th birth of quadruplet red panda cubs is extremely rare;
this marks only the fifth recorded birth of quadruplets at an
accredited U.S. zoo.
Last month, Denver Zoo celebrated the birth of a rare okapi
(Oh-kah-pee). The female calf, named Kalispell (Kal-i-spell), was born to
mother, Iosi (Ee-oh-see), and father, Jekaro (Jeh-car-oh), on June 27, and is
only the fifth birth of this species at the zoo. Kalispell will remain behind
the scenes for a short while longer, but visitors will soon be able to see
the youngster as she grows and becomes more self-sufficient.
The shy, elusive okapi lives only in the dense forests of the Congo and is the only surviving ancestor of giraffes. This gentle little girl was just born June 27th at the Denver Zoo. Although she looks like a tiny zebra on stilts at the moment, she will eventually grow as big as 500 lbs!
Aye-aye's are primitive primates native only to Madagascar like their lemur cousins. Highly endangered, the Denver Zoo's new baby aye-aye is only the second ever born in North America and the first conceived in North America.
Photo credits: Dave Parsons, The Denver Zoo
This video is definitely worth watching
The world's largest nocturnal primate, the aye-aye's strange looks and habits have led local villagers to consider them bad omens and kill them on site. However, aye-aye's are gentle creatures that use their long fingers to extract ants, termites and other insects out of holes in trees.
The Denver Zoo is chock full of babies these days. Two twin red panda cubs, Amaya and Takeo, are now on display and appear quite playful. Red pandas are classified as endangered, with an estimated population of less than 2,500 mature individuals remaining in the wild. Their population continues to decline due to habitat fragmentation and hunting. Who in the world could hunt these little guys?!
Denver Zoo welcomes its newest resident, a newborn colobus monkey
named Darby. The infant, whose gender is still unknown, is all-white
and can be seen being held by its mother, providing a rare and striking
visual; although infants are born white, adults are mostly black with a
white face border and white veiling flanks and a bushy white tail.