Keepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park gave five-week-old Rhino calf Shomili, or Mili, as keepers call her, a bottle feeding as part of her daily nutritional routine this morning. Animal care has been giving the Greater One-horned Rhino calf bottle feedings since first time mother Sundari has not been able to give her calf all of the nutrition that she needs.
Sundari is a young mother and her milk is not coming in the way keepers expected. Animal care staff made the decision to give a supplemental bottle feeding twice a day to make sure Shomili gets the nutrition a young, growing Rhino requires.
Safari Park keepers give a little TLC to a Greater One-horned Rhino calf, in the form of a soothing mud bath.
Photo credits: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Weighing 128 pounds when she was born December 13, Mili now weighs 245 pounds and is developing right on track, keepers report.
Yesterday was a big day for the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda cub, Xiao Liwu:
this was his first time greeting onlookers. The cub stepped into the outside
habitat by himself in morning on January 9 and climbed through the bamboo as employees and
media representatives got their first glimpses of the five-month-old.
Panda staff say the cub is a confident climber but may have some tumbles while
he's getting used to the new habitat, which is very normal. There are trees, a
moat and rocks to climb over, which are all new elements for the cub. In late December he was given toys during his vet exam that helped him prepare for outside exploration, including a doughnut-shaped plastic ring (perfect for panda sitting), a stick of bamboo and a plastic ball.
Photo Credit: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo
Only 1,600 Giant Pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is
primarily threatened by habitat loss. San Diego Zoo Global, in conjunction with Giant Panda experts from the People's Republic of China, continues to work on
science-based panda conservation programs at the Zoo and in China.
Here's a video of little Xiao Liwu as he navigates the great outdoors with mom.
The San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda cub, Xiao Liwu, was eager to play with a plastic ball during his 18th exam. Panda keepers gave the cub the ball to test his coordination and encourage him to play with new objects. Follow Xiao Liwu's progress and antics on the Zoo's Panda Cam! Don't miss the awesome video below.
Being a Giant Panda cub can be exhausting, and Xiao Liwu proved that the other morning when he fell asleep during his weekly exam (see it in the video below)! Thankfully the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Team was able to get a good look at him before he snoozed.
Only 1,600 Giant Pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is primarily threatened by habitat loss. The San Diego Zoos Giant Pandas are on a research loan from the People's Republic of China. As part of this long-term program, the zoo is also collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Science in studies of behavior, ecology, genetics and conservation of wild Pandas living in the Foping Nature Reserve. San Diego Zoo Global, in conjunction with Chinese Panda experts, continues to work on science-based Panda conservation programs.
Veterinarian Tracy Clippinger, DVM, who conducted the exam, saw eight teeth with more ready to break through the gums. She felt his muscles, which are getting stronger, and observed that his crawling has improved; his paws are growing, which will give him more surface area to support his body. His back left paw measured 4.7 inches (12 cm) long. And he's thinning out - the cub weighed 12.5 pounds (5.7Kg) and measured 26.7 inches (68 cm) from nose to tail.
Two 14-week-old Clouded Leopard cubs, Riki-san and Haui-san, were spotted pouncing, climbing and using each other as trampolines in the San Diego Zoo'sChildren’s Zoo nursery. The cubs arrived earlier this week from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, where a very successful breeding program has helped to increase the population of this critically endangered species.
Brothers Riki-san and Haui-san will spend 30 days in quarantine, where they are visible to the public daily and have already become guest favorites. After this quarantine period, the cubs will join the Zoo’s Backstage Pass animal ambassador program.
Named for its cloud-like spots, the male Clouded Leopard can weigh up to 50 pounds 22.6 kgs). This cat is found mostly in the Southeast Asian rain forest and is an excellent swimmer and climber. In fact, the Clouded Leopard and the Margay from South America are the only cat species that can climb down a tree head first, thanks to the flexibility of the ankle joints.
Photo Credit: ZSSD/San Diego Zoo
Thirteen-pound Riki-san (right) is the larger of the two cats but is also the more timid one. His coat pattern is darker and his rosettes more pronounced. According to zookeepers, Haui-san, at 11.5 pounds, is feisty and quite playful, enticing his bigger brother to wrestle and play a game of chase.
you’ve been following the San Diego Zoo’s Giant Panda cub’s progress on
ZooBorns, you’ll know the Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of waiting
to name Panda babies until they are at least 100 days old. The cub was named Xiao Liwu, which means "little gift," at a public ceremony held on Nov. 13, 107 days after he was born.
may also know he has a weekly check up. Yesterday Giant Panda team member
Jennifer Becerra carried Xiao Liwu from his den to the exam room where he had his
final vaccination. And "little gift" is getting bigger! He weighed 10.8 pounds and measured 25.5
inches... and the vet saw and felt several teeth coming through in his mouth!
Photo Credit: Photo 1: Tammy Spratt/San Diego Zoo, Photo 2: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo
The animal care staff set out a ball, a chew toy and some bamboo on the exam floor so the cub would have different items to explore. Matt Kinney, DVM, noted that while he's crawling better than in previous weeks, they don't feel Xiao Liwu is yet able to navigate the uneven terrain of Panda exhibits. So he’ll continue to practice his crawling and walking skills in an off-exhibit suite of rooms before he and his mother, Bai Yun, are given access to a public exhibit. You can watch Mom and baby in their den online at the Zoo's Panda Cam.
The San Diego Zoo's Giant Pandas are on a research loan from the People's Republic of China. As part of this long-term program, the Zoo is also collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Science in studies of behavior, ecology, genetics and conservation of wild pandas living in the Foping Nature Reserve.
The San Diego Zoo released a video this week showing its Giant Panda cub learning how to walk! The 11-week-old Panda raised one front paw, followed clumsily by the other, lurched forward, and came to a stop. He was taking baby steps during a Thursday morning veterinary examination -- his ninth so far -- while zookeepers looked on. PK Robbins, DVM, San Diego Zoo senior veterinarian, describes the attempt to walk as "like a toddler holding onto the furniture."
Viewers of Panda Cam, the Zoo's 24-hour live online camera feed, may catch glimpses of the cub learning to walk. The unnamed Panda now weighs 7.2 pounds and is 21.6 inches long.
Just 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is primarily threatened by habitat loss. San Diego Zoo Global, in conjunction with Chinese panda experts, is working to support science-based conservation of the species.
Photo Credit: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo
The unnamed male cub is the sixth giant panda born at the zoo. His mother, Bai Yun, gave birth to a single cub in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and now to this cub on July 29. Five of them were conceived through natural mating. Only the first, in 1999, was the result of artificial insemination.
The San Diego Zoo's little Panda man is growing up! His eyes and ears are fully open now, so he's ready to take on the world. You can follow his growth in previous stories on ZooBorns.com. You can also peek in on him every day through the Zoo's live panda cam here: www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam
Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo
See his 7th check up on the video below. The Giant Panda cub is quite used to being handled and clearly likes his chin scritches. The vets are pleased with his health and growth. He's eating well and now weighs 6.6 pounds (3kg).
The Panda cub at the San Diego Zoo that you first read about on ZooBorns on September 10 started to see the great big world around him. During an exam last Wednesday morning, animal care staff could see the cub's eyes beginning to open. That was right on track for this 45-day old male cub. It will take about another 20 days for the eyes to be fully open, but as you can see in the video below, taken on September 20, he's making progress! Veterinarians believe he can see but is likely limited to viewing light and shadows.
Animal care staff are pleased with his growth. This exam revealed he now weighs 4.9 pounds (2.26 kilograms) -- nearly a pound more than he weighed during the last check up. His abdominal and chest girth show that he is nursing well from his mother, Bai Yun. But he's a wee bit sleepy during this vet exam... there are lots of baby panda yawns in the video!
Photo credit: Photo 1 Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Global, Photo 2: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo
As of September 17, the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy began taking name suggestions for the cub on its website. The zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the Giant Panda after it is 100 days old. Names must be submitted in Chinese pinyin, which is the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into Latin script, and significance of the name must be included to be considered. They are taking submissions until Monday, September 24.
You may have first read about this new baby African Elephant born on August 28 here on ZooBorns. This little female calf at San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park has just been named! She will be
called Qinisa, a Siswati word that means to act with energy, act determinedly,
fulfill one’s word, or speak the truth. The name is pronounced (!) EEN-EE-seh
(! is a tongue pop instead of a q sound).
Her name is very fitting, as Qinisa
has developed fastest of the 12 calves born to the herd. At
only one week old she was sucking water into her trunk and using it to pick up
objects like sticks. Dexterity like that has not been seen at such a young age among the other calves according to Curtis Lehman, San Diego Zoo Safari Park animal care manager. The
other calves only exhibited that skill after at least a few weeks of age.
Qinisa seems to be spending the least amount of time nursing
compared to the others, but she is getting more than enough
milk from mom Swazi. Qinisa is averaging a weight gain of 2.2
pounds (1 kgm) per day, having gained a total of 40 pounds (18 kilograms) in her first 21
days of life.
Photo Credit: Sand Diego Zoo Safari Park
Beside her quick learning curve, keepers have also observed how other
elephants interact with her --whenever mom allows it. Big brother Mac
is playing nice; then again, he’d better, or Mom would have a word or two with
him. The adult females only interact occasionally, since they know to keep
their distance from protective Swazi, the herd’s matriarch.
But the zoo’s two young female babysitters, 6-year-old Khosi and
5-year-old Kami, seem to have the most access to the calf and continue to
compete for babysitting rights. They stay with the trio
of Swazi, Mac, and Qinisa overnight, so Kami has the upper hand to get more
time. Swazi seems to now be taking advantage of the two baby-sitters and
wanders away from Qinisa when she naps... but not for long. If Qinisa wakes,
Swazi quickly returns to her baby.