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October 2008

Brand New Baby Orangutan at the Brookfield Zoo

Yesterday, the Brookfield Zoo announced the birth of a highly endangered Bornean orangutan. An infant orangutan’s dependency on its mother is longer than any other mammal. Because of this long dependency, there is approximately a six- to eight-year interval between births in order for the offspring to learn how to survive in the complex rain forest. This is only the second orangutan expected to be born in the United States this year.

orangutan mom and baby nursing at the brookfield zoo

orangutan mom and baby at the brookfield zoo chicago illinois 

This looks like one happy mom!

smiling orangutan mom and baby at the brookfield zoo chicago illinois

orangutan mom and sleeping baby at the brookfield zoo chicago illinois

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Little Bushbaby Gets a Checkup


The Woodland Park Zoo has no shortage of babies these days. Check out these adorable little galagos, African primates that are also known as "bushbabies!" Their big eyes allow them to see very well at night. These guys were born October 11th, 2008 and you can watch them grow on the Zoo's blog

galago baby bushbaby bush primate woodland park zoo
"No one likes going to the doctor..."

galago bush baby bushbaby vet veterinarian woodland park zoo

galago bush baby bushbaby stethoscope vet veterinarian woodland park zoo

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Baby Tapir Indah Romps at the Edinburgh Zoo


Tapirs and Scotland seem like a funny combination to us but the Edinburgh Zoo is getting a name for itself after its female, Sayang, and her hubby gave birth to their second baby in as many years. Malaysian tapirs are endangered on their native islands and every zoo birth helps researchers learn more about protecting these stripy little guys.

Indah sports a striking hide which would help camoflage her from predators in the wild.

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Enjoying a good romp

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Two Week Old Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Prehensile-tailed porcupines are born with soft, reddish quills which eventually turn in to hard spikes as it grows. “Prehensile-tailed” refers to the fact that this tree-living species uses its tail to grip and hang on branches. This  porcupine, pictured here at two weeks old, is on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's  Small Mammal House.

prehensile tailed porcupine baby smithsonian national zoo

Photo Credit: Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Date July 1, 2008