Zoos with Amazing Baby Animals to Visit this Summer
Smithsonian National Zoo
Photo by Lisa Ware, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
These 5 baby cheetah cubs, born May 28, just got a clean bill of health following their first veterinarian exam on July 12. All of the babies received vaccinations for respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses, both of which commonly affect cheetahs.
Also at the Smithsonian National Zoo is this history-making little creature. In mid-June the zoo welcomed its 50th kori bustard chick. The zoo has bred kori bustards, the world’s heaviest flying bird, since 1997.
Photo courtesy Smithsonian’s National Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Wûshi, a sichuan takin is seen here climbing to the highest point of his exhibit at just 2 weeks of age. His name means 50 in Mandarin, as he’s the 50th takin to call the zoo his home. Takins are an endangered species from the bamboo forests of China and the eastern Himalayan Mountains of Asia.
One of two African penguin chicks recently hatched at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. In the wild, these cool little creatures live in colonies among the 24 islands between Namibia and South Africa. The black spots on their chests are unique to their bearer, just as fingerprints are to humans. Learn more about visiting Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.
Saint Louis Zoo
Rani (pronounced RAH-nee), the Zoo’s 15-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth at 1:13 p.m. on June 24, 2011 to this big bundle of joy, who four days later, weighed in at 297 pounds.
On July 4, the zoo announced her name: Kenzi. The name was chosen after a public poll was issued on June 28. Kenzi is Rani’s second baby. An elephant’s gestation period is 22 months.