Zoo Babies 2010
Meet adventurous monkey Inigo, lion cub triplets, 288-pound elephant calf Luna, and more newcomers at zoos across the country.
Bronx River Pkwy., at Fordham Rd., Bronx, N.Y., 718/220-5100, bronxzoo.org, $15, ages 3–12 $11, ages 65 and older $13, ages 2 and under free, admission by donation on Wed.
Gertrude the Mandrill See a photo
Curious George has nothing on this monkey. She's always on the go, eager to explore every last inch of the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit. Born in September, Gertrude was kept away from the public during her early months so she could bond with her mother. She made her debut in late March and has been a crowd favorite ever since. She's the first baby for mom Louise and dad Mapema, both 12 years old.
Triplet African Lion Cubs See a photo
When these three lion cubs were born in late January, they each weighed about five pounds. By April, they had quintupled in size to about 25 pounds each. The energetic cubs certainly work up an appetite—Nala, Adamma, and their brother Shani love to roughhouse and are fond of taunting their father, M'wasi, by tugging at his tail and mane. Their mother, Sukari, keeps a watchful eye to make sure they don't get into too much trouble.
Ares the Coquerel's Sifaka See a photo | See a video
This little guy's arrival in April was exciting not just for the Bronx Zoo, but for zoos everywhere—he brings the number of Coquerel's sifakas in captivity to 51. For now, Ares spends most of his time riding on his mom's back, but before long he'll be climbing and jumping around in the zoo's Madagascar exhibit. When he's fully grown, he'll be able to clear 20 feet between trees in a single leap, thanks to his strong hind legs.
Silver Leaf Langur See a photo
With a short, light-orange coat and a white muzzle, the latest addition to the Bronx Zoo's primate family doesn't look anything like its mother, Ruby—yet. In three to five months, the orange will be replaced with silver-gray fur, and the muzzle will turn black like hers. Ruby is so protective of her new baby that zookeepers haven't been able to get close enough to determine its sex. When they do, the baby will get a name.
CENTRAL PARK ZOO
Central Park, 64th St. and 5th Ave., New York, 212/439-6500, centralparkzoo.com, through June 30 $10, ages 3–12 $5, 65 and older $7; starting July 1 prices increase by $2; ages 2 and under free.
Abe the Mini Nubian Goat See a photo
It's not always easy being the new kid, but this kid goat has fit right in at Central Park's petting zoo. A cross between a Nigerian dwarf goat and a Nubian goat, Abe weighed 10 pounds when he was born in January and will put on about 50 more pounds before he's fully grown. The floppy-eared show-off loves to jump around.
City Park, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-4800, denverzoo.org, from $9, ages 3–11 from $5, ages 65 and older from $7, 2 and under free; eight free admission days throughout the year.
Kanani the DeBrazza's Monkey See a photo
DeBrazza's monkeys are known for their ability to freeze in place for several hours when they sense danger. Judging by Kanani's behavior, she's feeling quite safe in her home in the Primate Panorama. The 6-month-old loves to explore—even if her protective mother, Marinda, wishes she'd stay a bit closer. As Kanani gets older, the fur just above her brow will turn orange, the distinguishing mark of a DeBrazza's monkey, as the rest of her coat darkens to a gray-black.
Cricket the Giraffe See a photo
Measuring 6'4" and 170 pounds at birth, Cricket, a reticulated giraffe, wasn't exactly a tiny newborn. The 2-month-old makes full use of her extra-long legs, running laps around the giraffe yard while her parents and two aunts keep watch, as she tries to keep up with her older brother, Timber. She'll double her height in two years—eventually reaching 17 feet—and will weigh as much as 2,600 pounds.