The Budapest Zoo’s giant otter pups are 5 months old and they are living with their parents Madidi (father) and Cumana (mother) and their siblings Bahia (female) and Manu (male). They can be seen at Budapest Zoo from the middle of March.
Remember Moric, the baby orangutan born in August 2020 at Budapest Zoo?
ZooBorns shared an outstanding video of the bond with his mother in the weeks following his birth.
Móric, who is almost fifteen months old, always discovering new things.
Although he often travels on his mom’s back, he is fascinated by climbing and playing too, And then, there’s the straw!!
The Zoo often provides video updates of Moric’s daily adventures outside—
—but as the autumn weather starts to kick in, he’s spending a lot of time indoors too.
On Saturday, April 24, at 5 a.m., the long-awaited birth of a little elephant at the Budapest Zoo occurred. The calf is the third for twenty-something Angele, and the eighth born at Budapest Zoo. Thanks to night vision cameras placed in the “maternity room,” Zoo Budapest was able to capture the moments of birth. These were also closely monitored by the newborn’s brother, three-year-old Arun. Although it seems as if Angele was trying to kick the newborn, this behavior is natural for elephants: this is how they help the little one get out of the placenta. Shortly after his birth, the little one got to his feet well and began to nurse. Although Zoo officials can't measure the calf’s weight exactly, experienced experts estimate it to be around 80 kg.
Budapest Zoo has a holiday treat for its friends and fans: the first short film of the giant otter pups born there this fall. The little giants are a real rarity, as this endangered species is kept and bred in very few zoos. In Hungary, they can be only found in Budapest Zoo. The pups were born on October 7th, so the two little ones are now two months old. Although Budapest can only present them in a short film at the moment - as The Zoo is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic - they are confident that the general public will soon be able to admire them in person!
Molly and Wally, the wombat breeding pair of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, has delighted wombat fans with another joey in 2020. The newcomer was born in spring, he looked out of the pouch for the first time in the middle of Summer, and with a little luck since September until the closure, visitors could already admire it in the indoor or the outdoor enclosure. Budapest Zoo is especially successful in breeding these marsupials, which are very rarely seen in zoos. Of the 21 total wombat babies been born in European zoos since 1914, 5 of them have been born in Budapest in the last decade.
Tell us which are your favorites in the comments!
10. African Elephant - Reid Park Zoo
9. African lion - Dallas Zoo
8. Manatee - ZOO Wrocław
7. Sumatran Tiger - Zoo Wroclaw
6. Klipspringer - Brevard Zoo
5. Canada Lynx - Queens Zoo
4. Two-toed sloth - ZSL London Zoo
3. North American Sea Otter - Alaska SeaLife Center
2. Black and Rufous Elephant Shrew - Zoo Leipzig
1. Orangutan - Budapest Zoo
Visitors to the Budapest Zoo Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert are daily treated to the most moving moments as mother Lia dotes on her month-old infant Móric. Móric was born in early August. Other orangutan family members also appear in this short clip. For a few moments, even three-year-old gorilla Indigo, who lives next door, is seen observing their dynamics with curiosity.
Sempala the Rothschild’s Giraffe calf has been getting plenty of super-sized kisses from her mother since she was born on August 13 at the Budapest Zoo. The spindly female calf is already a fan favorite and seems to have a penchant for making funny faces for the camera!
Zoo keepers chose a Ugandan name for Sempala because Rothschild’s Giraffes are found in that African country, as well as in Kenya. Rothschild’s giraffes are among the rarest of the nine Giraffe subspecies roaming Africa. Only about 700 remain in the wild. They are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
See more photos of Sempala below the fold.
A endangered Persian Leopard Cub born on June 10 made his debut last week at the Budapest Zoo. The male cub, named Dante, was given his first medical exam and presented to the public for the first time.
Dante is the seventh member of this rare species to be born at the Budapest Zoo in just ten years.
Persian Leopards, also known as Caucasian Leopards, are the largest of the Leopard subspecies. They inhabit mountain forests and meadows in the Caucasus region of Central Asia. Iran holds the largest population of up to 850 cats, and about 200 are thought to live in Afghanistan. Fewer than 100 Persian Leopards live in Turkmenistan, and a handful dwell in other countries in the region.
Iran’s huge Central Alborz Protected Area is the largest stronghold for these rare cats. Human disturbance in the form of poaching, habitat loss, and agriculture are the Persian Leopard’s major threats. They are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
A baby Rothschild Giraffe was born just after dawn at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 25. ViItal and healthy, the 5' 6" (17o cm) tall baby was determined to be a female and will be introduced to the public in just a few days. Her six-year-old mother Sandra was born in Prague Zoo in 2007. Naturally, this baby is the first for Sandra, but the 28th for the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden.
Rothschild Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), also called the Baringo Giraffe. This is an Endangered subspecies of giraffes, but it is the most common in European Zoos.
Watch this four minute, at times high-speed summary of the baby's birth, which happened in the wee hours of the morning:
See more pictures after the fold: