BABY BOOM AT THE ZOO!
Young Komodo dragons go on view
Even dragons start out small. Have you seen the two Komodo dragon juveniles now living at the Adaptations Building at the zoo? Born in January 2013 at the Memphis Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan for this endangered species, the duo moved here this summer to be raised in our ample dragon digs.
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Six flamingo chicks hatched
There’s been a break in the sea of pink over at the flamingo exhibit. Six tiny, white puffs in the form of flamingo chicks have hatched out on exhibit. Generally, we let the chicks stay on the nest for the first five days, where they are well looked after by their parents. But once they become a bit more mobile and are ready to head out of the nest, we bring the chicks and their parents behind the scenes where they can get through the first few weeks of rearing together in a more protected environment.
So far, all of the parents are doing a good job. The first week or two are the most critical to make sure the chicks are properly feeding and parents are being attentive. We expect the young families to return back on exhibit in the next few weeks once the chicks are old enough and coordinated enough to be safe, and that’s when you’ll be able to see the new additions!
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Seattle's tallest baby (finally) arrives!
Look who’s here! Say hello to the tallest baby in town. Mom Olivia gave birth Aug. 6, 2013 at 7:03 p.m. Born nearly 6 feet tall, the male giraffe calf, Misawa, is growing rapidly and stealing hearts along the way. Visitors can look for the calf daily in the outdoor area of the Giraffe Barn from mid-mornings through afternoons. When he has grown a bit more coordinated and gets through some early stages of training with his keepers, he'll be introduced to the savanna in the coming months.
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Watch the live cam inside the Giraffe Barn
Small-clawed otter pups swim and play outdoors
Our pair of Asian small-clawed otters gave birth to a litter of four boys in June 2013, just one month after debuting in their new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit!
Both parents play a role in rearing pups and they have done a wonderful job of slowly introducing their pups to the exhibit and teaching them how to navigate and swim. The family has access to the exhibit daily, 10:00-11:45 a.m. and noon-3:30 p.m.
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Jaguar triplets on view
Cubs have exhibit access daily, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
We’re seeing spots…and it’s a good thing! Born March 22, the jaguar cubs have now officially made their debut.
Tips for viewing:
- Look for the cubs cozying up in the cave area or exploring the higher reaches of the exhibit.
- The cubs may begin retreating to their behind-the-scenes bedroom by 3:00 p.m.
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Endangered red-crowned crane hatches
A male red-crowned crane chick joined our baby boom May 13 and brought with it hope for the endangered species and its counterparts in the wild. The fluffy, brown chick is finding his way through the wetland exhibit with a little help from his parents, who are no strangers to rearing healthy chicks.
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Eight penguin chicks hatch
This season brings eight new additions to our endangered Humboldt penguin colony, bringing the total number of penguins hatched at the zoo since the exhibit opened in 2009 to 32!
The chick seen here at 10 days old hatched on April 27 to 13-year-old father Pizarron and 3-year-old mother Maria, who herself was born at the zoo in 2010. The chicks have grown quite large since their first days and have now joined the colony on exhibit. You can tell them apart from the adults by their grayish feathers.
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Not a dandelion. It's a tawny frogmouth!
The tawny frogmouths didn’t want to be left out of the zoo’s baby boom, so they hatched their first chick of the season. Adult frogmouths sport mottled, grayish feathers that let them camouflage themselves like a dead tree branch, but they start life as a little, white puffball, covered in downy feathers. This chick, seen here at one day old, lives with its parents behind the scenes as part of a conservation breeding program.
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Porcupette born in Northern Trail
Who can resist this face? This North American porcupine baby—the first of its kind born at Woodland Park Zoo—came as a surprise to zookeepers this April, as the father was not thought to be sexually mature yet! Porcupettes (the name for baby porcupines) are born with soft quills that harden within hours after their birth. This porcupette, named Gavin, is currently staying in a behind-the-scenes exhibit, while his mother is on view in the Northern Trail.
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Twin sloth bear cubs now on exhibit
The sloth bear twins born back in December had been staying close by mom’s side in their behind-the-scenes maternity den their earliest months. But now that they are getting bigger and more independent, look for them climbing and exploring all over their outdoor exhibit!
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Tree kangaroo joey
Though it was born in June 2012, zookeepers did not see our newest tree kangaroo until earlier this year when the joey finally emerged from its mother’s pouch!
Currently, our young tree kangaroo lives in an off-view exhibit where it continues to bond with its mother in a quiet, controlled area. The rare birth is part of the Species Survival Plan cooperative breeding program for this endangered species.
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Lion cubs out on view
Quadruplet lion cubs and mom are scheduled to be on exhibit daily during regular zoo hours. Look for them in the award-winning African Savanna exhibit.
About the birth
Good things happen to those who wait, and we had been awaiting this good thing for 20 years—the birth of lions at Woodland Park Zoo! Our 3-year-old South African lion Adia gave birth the evening of November 8, 2012. Zoo fans have watched the cubs grow up behind the scenes with exclusive video and photo updates. Now that the cubs are on view, make sure to visit the rambunctious foursome in person and share your photos with us on Facebook or by tagging @woodlandparkzoo on Instagram and Twitter!
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Interactive Timeline of Animal Births