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August 2009

Up Close and Personal with a Baby Barbary Macaque

One of the best known Old World monkeys, the last wild Barbary Macaque population in Europe lives on the rock of Gibraltar, occasionally wandering into town to cause mischief. This baby macaque was born in the last few weeks at Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands, a rare open facility that allows its primate residents to wander around freely and build their own social groups. Thanks to photographer Jean Kern for sharing these photos as well as for his work on orangutan conservation.

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 1

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 2

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 4

Baby barbary macaque apenheul 3

ZooBorns Speaks Your Language (or wants to anyway)


ZooBorns gets visitors from all around the world but we would like it to make it even easier for our non-English speaking guests to enjoy and learn from the site. We are looking for experienced bloggers in foreign countries interested in operating a ZooBorns site in their native country/region and language. Most of the role will involve translating posts but we would also encourage you to track down stories from local zoos.

We wish we could accomodate everyone and anyone, but the truth is that this will be a time consuming position that must be managed consistently and professionally. To this end, we can only invite experienced bloggers over the age of 18 to apply. Of primary importance are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian bloggers, but we are open to other possibilities. 

While there are small potential revenue possibilities, the primary motivation must be a passion for the mission of ZooBorns to educate while we entertain. To learn more, please tell us a bit about yourself in an email to zooborns [at]

Beco Plays Ball

Back in March we brought you pictures of the Columbus Zoo's newborn elephant calf, Beco, as he took his wobbly first steps. Now a toddler at 690 lbs, the zoo has shared some outstanding footage of Beco romping with his favorite toy, a very big, and very durable, blue rubber ball. Enjoy the video!

Beco the baby elephant 1 

Photo and video credits: Grahm Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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