Adorable Babies at the San Diego Zoo Four playful meerkat pups, two large Caiman lizards, and a bonobo named Mali are a few of San Diego's cuties. As these fun facts and photos prove, baby animals are (almost) just like us! Budget Travel Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008, 12:48 PM Mali gets seven bottle feedings daily (Courtesy Zoological Society of San Diego) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Adorable Babies at the San Diego Zoo

Four playful meerkat pups, two large Caiman lizards, and a bonobo named Mali are a few of San Diego's cuties. As these fun facts and photos prove, baby animals are (almost) just like us!

Mali gets seven bottle feedings daily (Courtesy Zoological Society of San Diego)
Mali gets seven bottle feedings daily (Courtesy Zoological Society of San Diego)

Balboa Park, 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, Calif., sandiegozoo.org, 619/231-1515, $34, ages 3-11 $24, children under 3 free. Note that the Wild Animal Park is located off-site in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, Calif. A two-park ticket is $60 for adults and $43 for children.

2008

GIRAFFE: Born Feb. 28, 2008
Basel has just made his public debut alongside mother Peggy at the Wild Animal Park. While Basel likes to jump and run around with four other giraffe youngsters (not to mention a white rhino and an African buffalo), he still makes time to nuzzle with mom.
Who Knew? Different subspecies of giraffes have different spots. Basel is a reticulated giraffe—most common in Somalia—and has large caramel-brown spots and cream-colored lines.
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MEERKATS: Born Feb. 21, 2008
After spending their first few weeks in the den with their protective mother, Ngami, these four adorable pups can be spotted darting around with their tails up and barking.
Who Knew? Life's rough for the zoo's 12 meerkats, who love to spend the morning lying out in the sun and snuggling. If you notice any odd bald spots, not to worry—senior keeper Laura Weiner trims the pups' hair to help tell them apart.
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TURTLES: Hatched Jan. 4-Apr. 17, 2008
This new batch of aquatic matamata turtles represents the first time the species has successfully reproduced at the zoo. Their diet includes a special treat the keepers refer to as Jell-O wigglers: a gelatin ball that has pellets with vitamins and minerals.
Who Knew? Matamatas come from Brazil, Guyana, and Trinidad, and the name means "I kill, I kill" in Spanish. The turtle doesn't bite, but it does have a highly effective method of feeding: It waits for a fish to come by and then suddenly opens its mouth and expands its throat, sucking in the fish.
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LION: Born Nov. 2, 2007
African lion cub Tamu has plenty of playmates at the Wild Animal Park: Three siblings were born the same day to mom Oshana, and a litter of three cubs was born to lioness Mina on Nov. 6.
Who Knew? Lions are the only cats to live in close-knit, female-led prides—groups of anywhere from three to 30. Yawning, grooming, and roaring tend to be contagious.
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LIZARDS: Hatched Oct. 18, 2007
The arrival of two large Caiman lizards in San Diego marks only the third such hatching in the U.S. They have bright blue and green skins—which put them at risk during hunts in the wild—and can look fearsome. Insects and snails are their main prey.
Who Knew? At home in the Amazon Basin in Peru and Brazil, these lizards grow to four feet long and six pounds.
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KANGAROO: Born Sept. 11, 2007
Here's something you don't see everyday—a baby Buerger's tree kangaroo peeking his head out of his mom's pouch. These kangaroos like the tropical rain forests of Papua New Guinea.
Who Knew? The kangaroo's family name, Macropodidae, means "big feet." When a kangaroo senses danger, it puts those feet to use by thumping them on the ground as a warning to other 'roos.
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