Spring’s sprouts

When spring rolls around, zoo inhabitants show off their zooborns. This year’s crop features some of my favorite creatures.

Oooh, baby, baby

Dimbi: Black Lemur baby > The Zoological and Botanical Park of Mulhouse in France’s Alsace Region announced the birth of ‘Dimbi’ on friday / 8 march. This male Black Lemur baby is an ambassador for his critically endangered species: Less than 2000 Black Lemurs remain in the Madagascan wild. Love those baby blues.

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Beatrice: Coquerel’s Sifaka baby > Weighing in at 1/4 of a pound, Beatrice of Swabia is the newest addition to a noble line of Coquerel’s Sifakas (named for their distinctive “shif-auk!” call) at the Duke Lemur Center. Beatrice’s parents are five-year-old mother, Rodelinda, and eight-year-old father, Marcus. The entire family is named after Roman Emperors.

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Welcome to the cub

On friday / 1 march, a lioness at Columbia’s Barranquilla Zoo gave birth to three cubs. Weighing in at nearly 2 pounds each, the first cub born was a female, followed by a male, and then a second female. The cubs are roaring with life, and pretend-playing at attacking prey. This is mother lioness’s second litter. Take a look at mom and her trio at play.

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On sunday / 7 april, four Asiatic Lion cubs were born to Tia and Zulu at the Emmen Zoo in The Netherlands. This lion subspecies is endangered, dropping dramatically in numbers in its home territory – the Middle East through India. Approximately 250 Asiatic (aka Indian) lions remain protected in India’s Gir National Park and Sanctuary in Western Gujarat.

The four cubs are nursing, and growing stronger everyday. Have a peek at the family on live stream. (Scroll down a bit and click on the bright green bar.)

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Breaking out of the burrow

February at the Palm Beach Zoo produced more of my favorite animals, Fennec Foxes, the smallest fox species, with the largest ears. The zoo has added four male kits to their population, in addition to five last year, also born to mom Heidi and dad Swiper. Zoo officials stated that the fennecs began wandering out of their nesting dens at about four weeks old. Watch last year’s kits in action.

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Here a chick, there a chick

Three emu chicks hatched within the last few months at Zoo Berlin. Emu pairs usually produce one huge emerald green egg every three days which hatches in about 48 to 52 days. The hatchlings walk within hours, run within days. and gain their full height at the end of their first year. Whew!

Native to Australia, this flightless bird is also its national bird.

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There you have it, some of the many new animal arrivals this spring. What’s your favorite non-domestic animal?

Photos > Lemur 1: LifeOnWhite.com; Lemur 2: David Haring / Duke Lemur Center; Lions 1: Jorge Chavez; Lions 2: Emmen Zoo; Fennec: Palm Beach Zoo / Brett Bartek; Emu: Zoo Berlin

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