Who’s New At Potawatomi Zoo?

Indiana’s Potawatomi Zoo is so excited to announce the birth of a Linne's two-toed sloth baby at the Zoo! It was born on May 9 to mother Lily and father Lola. They don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet, but it seems healthy!

The baby is living in the Learning Center with its parents. Sloths are naturally nocturnal and arboreal (live in trees), so the baby might be sleeping or tricky to spot. It's the first sloth that's been born at the Zoo that we know of, and we're really looking forward to watching this cute little one grow up!


A United States (And ZooBorns!) Breeding First!

On April 29, Nashville Zoo welcomed the very first spotted fanaloka to be born in the United States. The male pup is being hand-reared by the Zoo's veterinary staff and is alert and healthy.

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He was born to a pair of fanaloka that recently arrived at the Zoo and are being cared for in an area away from public view. The three fanaloka, including the baby, are the only known members of its species that live at an AZA facility in the US. Nashville Zoo is working to breed and conserve them in an effort to bring attention to this lesser-known species.

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Rare Andean Bear Cubs Begin To Venture Out Of Cubbing Den

The UK’s second-ever Andean twin bear cubs recently took their very first steps out into their expanded nursery.

The 4-month-old cubs have been pictured exploring their outside habitat under the watchful eye of mum Madidi. The ‘nursery’ area has recently been extended to accommodate the twin bears with plenty of space for these playful cubs to explore, climb and grow. Although these small bears were wary at first, they were soon bounding around this exciting new area. 

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Baby Sloth Meets Father: The Sloth Family Is Reunited!

The moment we all have been waiting for: the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Sloth Family Reunites!

Grizzly is comfortable and munching away at delicious food, and Teddy and Baby sniff each other. Too adorable!

Saint Augustine will continue to monitor them, but now the whole family is available for viewing at Sloth Landing.

📸Sarah, Bird & Mammal Curator; Ashley, ZooKeeper

Birth announcement: https://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2022/02/st-augustine-alligator-farm-is-excited-to-welcome-their-newest-arrival-a-baby-sloth.html

Wellness Exam: https://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2022/03/baby-sloths-milestones-babys-first-wellness-exam-plight-of-baby-sloths-in-pet-trade.html


Introducing The Newest Addition To The North Carolina Zoo: A Trio Of Red Wolf Pups!

Three Critically Endangered Red Wolf brothers were born on April 20th to mom, Ayita, and dad, Denali at North Carolina Zoo. The pups are also joined by their sisters, Alli and Roan, who were both born last year. Red wolves live in family groups, often with a mother and father and several years of offspring. The pups will remain behind the scenes as a part of the Zoo's red wolf breeding program.

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The North Carolina Zoo fills a central role in efforts to save the American red wolf from extinction. Once the southeastern United States’ apex predator, American red wolf populations have declined so dramatically that the species now depends on breeding under human care to maintain a healthy, genetically viable population. By housing the second-largest pack of breeding American red wolves in the world, the Zoo is helping to ensure the survival of this species. The Zoo also plays a coordinating role in the larger Red Wolf Recovery Program that includes 45 other institutional partners. This role involves spearheading landowner outreach in eastern North Carolina where the last 15-30 wild American red wolves live, and searching for a second recovery area where this iconic species can once again fill its rightful place in the wild.

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Just In Time For Mother’s Day…

Congratulations to Topeka Zoo’s Orangutan family members Rudy, Mawas, and Bumi!

This morning Topeka Zoo’s Bornean Orangutan Rudy gave birth to their newest addition. Today zoo officials closed the Lianas Forest building to provide additional privacy and allow for bonding. Both infant and mother appear to be doing well, and they anticipate the building reopening tomorrow, on Mother’s Day!

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It's A Girl! Orangutan Baby 'Jolene' Makes Zoo Debut

Kitra’s 3-week-old baby is named for her ‘flaming locks of auburn hair’

After a few weeks of consideration, care staff have selected a name for orangutan Kitra’s new baby. Inspired by the line in the Dolly Parton classic that goes, “Your beauty is beyond compare / with flaming locks of auburn hair,” she will be called Jolene.

“Because we’re giving Kitra and her baby plenty of room to bond, we were unable to tell if she’d had a boy or a girl until recently,” said Kate Gilmore, who oversees the zoo’s primate area. “Once we confirmed she was a girl, our keeper team knew right away what they wanted to call her. They’ve been playing the song on repeat ever since!”

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The First Baby Of Spring Was Born At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – And It’s Ridiculously Cute

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 5, 2022) – There’s a very fluffy, adorably squeaky new kid on the rocks at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Around 3:15 p.m. on Wed., May 4, first-time Rocky Mountain goat mom, Lena, delivered a calf who was on her feet and working out her wobbly legs within minutes.

“Rocky Mountain goat kids are famous for being capable right out of the gate,” said Michelle Salido, lead keeper at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “They’re native to some pretty demanding habitats, so they have to be hearty to thrive in those elements and that’s what we’re seeing with this little one. She’s getting the hang of her lanky legs, and we’ve already seen her climbing up rocks and on her mom.”

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“Hi, I’m Arya!”

The black-footed cat born on April 8 and currently under the expert care of The Living Desert’s veterinary team, officially has a name – Arya. Meaning noble or honorable in Sanskrit, the name Arya also brings to mind the strong female character of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Fire and Ice series.  Arya has had quite an eventful first few weeks of life, but she is making great progress.

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Born to a first-time mother, the animal care team noticed Arya, had a significant injury when she two weeks old.  The kitten was immediately brought into The Living Desert’s animal hospital and was treated and cared for by the Zoo’s veterinary team for a major laceration on her neck. She underwent successful surgery to repair the injury and has since received daily wound treatments and medications under the dedicated care of the Zoo’s veterinary team.

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