Belgium's Planckendael Zoo has something to be very proud of. Five tiny Asiatic lion cubs made their public debut today, and the quintuplets are healthy, happy, and ready for mischief. Mom keeps the little rascals under control, but her own amusement is palpable in photos taken earlier today. Wild Asiatic lions are in danger of extinction, and only 411 individuals remain today. Breeding efforts like these help to bolster the reserve population as efforts to increase wild populations continue.
Belgium's Planckendael Zoo is proud to announce the debut of Laila, the first Snow Leopard cub ever to be born in the country. A short while after her birth in April, Laila's mother Maili's health declined rapidly and, sadly, she did not survive. Planckendael keepers stepped in and have raised the orphaned cub by hand. It is believed that only between 4,000 and 6,000 Snow Leopards remain in the wild. Laila represents an invaluable new bloodline for the European Snow Leopard Breeding Program.
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This Saturday the Antwerp Zoo welcomed a new zebra foal to it's ranks. While well against its mother, the striking stripes and lanky frame make it a standout among visitors. Researchers used to think that zebras were born white and grew black stripes but have recently discovered that the underlying color is in fact black and the white color is the add-on.
The Antwerp Zoo, Planckendael, got a double dose of baby giraffe earlier this month as two new giraffe babies were born to different Moms. The births, which occurred within a day of each other, are the first of their kind for Planckendael.