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February 2010

Sable Antelope Calf at Zoo Basel

On January 12th, Switzerland's Zoo Basel welcomed a Sable Antelope calf, its third in two weeks! Typically, expectant Sable Antelope mothers exhibit a number of signs before they give birth, but this time the little female calf was born so quickly that keepers had to scramble just to throw hay on the ground to create a soft resting place for the newborn. The vet check-up confirmed that the baby girl was in good health. 

Sable Antelope Calf Zoo Basel 1 

Sable Antelope Calf Zoo Basel 2

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ZooBorns - The Book(s)!

If you are looking for information about the ZooBorns books, published this fall by Simon & Schuster, please click here for the all ages version, and here for the young children's version. The survey below is now closed and the books are available wherever books are sold!

Exciting news! ZooBorns will be publishing two books with Simon and Schuster to  be released later this year. One book is for adults and the other is a children's book. We are looking for your help in selecting the cover for the adult book. Please let us know your favorite from the options below: 

Anteater Fennec
Ocelot Otters 

First U.S. Born Gorilla of 2010! Congrats Louisville!

Louisville Zoo’s 20-year-old Western Lowland Gorilla Mia Moja gave birth to her second baby on Saturday, February 6. It is the first gorilla baby born in North America this year and the second gorilla ever born in the Zoo’s 41-year history. The first was male Azizi born to Makari on December 4, 2003, a year after Gorilla Forest opened in May of 2002.




Photos Courtesy Louisville Zoo

Back to Back Anteaters for Busch Gardens

Yesterday, we brought word of a brand new Tamandua (Lesser Anteater) at Busch Gardens' Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida. There's another baby anteater (Giant Anteater) on the Busch Gardens block, this one at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Weighing about 3 pounds at birth, the little boy will ride on his mother's back for about four months until he is ready to walk, explore and find food on his own. Giant anteaters detect insects with their powerful sense of smell, which is 40 times stronger than a human's and allows them to find and eat up to 30,000 insects a day.




Photo by Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Spectacular Baby Anteater Photos from Discovery Cove

It’s a boy!  This little guy – a lesser anteater or tamandua – was born just days ago to mom, Cypress, at Discovery Cove, in Orlando, Florida.  The youngster will hitch a ride on mom’s back for the first part of his life until he’s able to walk and find food on his own.  Tamanduas are native to the forests of Mexico to South America.  They use their sharp claws and 16-inch-long tongue (41 cm) to eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day.

Baby anteater discovery cove 1 rs

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Photo credits: David Collier / Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive experience in Orlando where guests can swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and interact with animals.

Baby Tamarin Monkeys in Belgium

Belgium's Antwerp Zoo recently welcomed Golden Headed Lion Tamarin twins. These little Brazilian monkeys are endangered in the wild and, while the population decline seems to have been stabilized thanks to conservation efforts in Brazil's União Biological Reserve, continued habitat destruction outside of the park makes the prospects of reintroduction beyond União bleak.

Baby golden marmosets antwerp zoo 1 rs

Baby golden marmosets antwerp zoo 1 rs2

Baby golden marmosets antwerp zoo 3 rsBaby marmoset or gremlin? You decide...