Incredibly Rare Birth Wows Zoo Guests

Guests got to witness the birth of a Critically Endangered addax calf when mother, Amelie, went into labour on Wednesday morning at Marwell Wildlife.

The male calf was born shortly after 12:30pm in the zoo’s Arid Lands exhibit, opposite the meerkats. Guests were able to watch the incredibly rare birth through the viewing window.

The new arrival has not been named yet but is reported to be feeding well having found his feet shortly after he was born.


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Baby "Riot Frogs"

The calls of the Mission golden-eyed tree frog are among the loudest of all frogs. They always take place three times in a row and the noise level is comparable to that of a car horn. In 2021, new individuals came from Zurich Zoo to Zoo Vienna. Now, after a break of a few years, there are offspring of these “riot frogs” once again at the Zoo.

“Mission golden-eyed tree frog is particularly exciting because it lives in the treetops of tropical rainforests in the Amazon region. It uses water-filled tree cavities at a height of up to 30 meters to lay its eggs. The people there hardly ever see him, they only know him from his loud calls. The males have two extraordinarily large acoustic sacs,” explains Anton Weissenbacher, Head of the Zoological Department.


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290-pound Baby Bounds Into The World!

Dallas Zoo is thrilled to announce their African elephant, Mlilo, gave birth to a healthy, 290-pound baby boy on Sunday, February 26. Mom and baby are both healthy and doing so well!

The little one will not be on habitat yet for several weeks, so keep an eye on Dallas Zoo's social media channels for updates on the baby in the short term. And keep an eye out for an announcement next week with the baby's name! 


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‘Happy’bara Baby Announcement!

Brownsville, Texas (March 9, 2023) – Staff at the Gladys Porter Zoo are overjoyed to announce that Amber, a 2-year-old capybara, gave birth to three healthy pups on Tuesday, February 7th. In addition to Amber being a first-time mom, this is also the first capy birth for the staff at the Gladys Porter Zoo. 

The Zoo last had capybaras in the early 1970s, however, they never reproduced. “It has been many years since we have had capybaras in our collection,” said Walter DuPree, the Zoo’s Curator of Mammals. “Then, in 2017, we placed an elderly pair of capybara on exhibit. They were very popular with our visitors, but too old to reproduce. What a treat for all of us to have a family of five on exhibit now!” 


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Primate Playtime at Zoo Palmyre

Play is a fundamental component of social learning in primates.

Among other things, it allows the development of motor, neurological and cognitive abilities. It also promotes the acquisition of certain behaviors.

The baby chimp seen here at Zoo Palmyre is 14-months old and playing with a 19-year old male.

The Great Ape childhood, spanning across the first 4 years, is a time of play and discovery. Far from being futile, long solo or group fun sessions lay the foundation for the rules of dominance in adulthood and social integration of the individual in his group.

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Birch Aquarium Welcomes Baby Weedy Seadragons

More than 70 seadragons are thriving behind the  scenes.

La Jolla, CA (March 3, 2023) — Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is celebrating the arrival of more than 70 tiny newborn Weedy Seadragons, which are incredibly difficult to breed and rear in captivity.

Only a handful of facilities have successfully hatched and reared this unique species of fish that are related to seahorses and pipefish.

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Twin Offspring for the Elephant Shrew Family

They weigh only around 10 grams and are the size of a ping pong ball! In the desert house in front of the gates of Zoo Vienna, there are offspring among the short-eared elephant shrews. The twins were discovered on the first weekend in February. However, the mother had kept them hidden in the nests in the thickets of plants for a few days. According to animal keeper Kristina Stanschitz, anyone who wants to see the tiny creatures should hurry up. “Adolescence in elephant shrews goes by very quickly. The young animals are suckled, but also eat solid food such as insects, grains and fruit almost from the start. At the age of four weeks they are already as big as their parents. In two to three weeks they will become sexually mature and move to a backstage facility.”


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Two is Better Than One: It’s a Boy!

Fort Worth Zoo celebrates another male Asian elephant birth

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth Zoo officials are thrilled to share the news of the birth of a healthy, 37-inch-tall, 270-pound male Asian elephant calf. The newest bundle of joy was born at 2 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2023. This is the fifth calf born at the Fort Worth Zoo, following the arrival of half-brother Brazos born in 2021, Belle, his mother, in 2013, Bowie in 2013 (Bowie now resides at the Oklahoma City Zoo), and aunt, Bluebonnet, in 1998. This newest calf adds to the three generations of elephants that call the Zoo home, which mimics how herds are established in the wild.


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