36 Adorable Zoo Babies Born in 2011
Meet Chiquita the sassy wolf pup, Aurora the clingy orangutan, and plenty more cuddly newcomers at zoos across the country.
An Ma the Francois Langur
As a langur, baby An Ma belongs to a group of leaf-eating monkeys who are native to East Asia. She was born on February 8 to mom Sai, and though her fur's starting to turn black and gray, she started off bright orange, which makes her hard to miss—even when she's being cradled by her mother, which is most of the time. Lucky for Sai, fellow female langur Liang is a good friend, occasionally stepping in to babysit so Mom can have a break.
CENTRAL PARK ZOO
From $12, ages 65 and older $9, ages 3–12 $7, ages 2 and under free, Central Park, 64th St. and Fifth Ave., New York, 212/439-6500, centralparkzoo.com
Dawn, Lucy, Ringo, and Cole, the Mini-Nubian Goats
Collectively known as the "new kids on the block," Dawn, Lucy, Ringo, and Cole—goats of a breed that comes from pairing a Nubian with a Nigerian dwarf—arrived in February. Cole was spoiled from the onset, as he needed to be nursed, and zookeepers regularly plied him with fresh bottles of goat's milk from gourmet Manhattan supermarket Fairway. All four babies (which include a set of twins) run, jump, and leap in the Children's Zoo, where visitors are welcome to pet and feed the critters—provided they hold still long enough.
ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO
March–December $8, ages 62 and older $5, ages 3–8 $4; January–February $4, ages 62 and older $2.50, ages 3–18 $2; ages 2 and under free year-round; 1 Conservation Pl., Syracuse, 315/435-8511, rosamondgiffordzoo.org
D.J. the Patas Monkey
Do all primates like to monkey around? This baby patas (a type of African primate, known for its remarkable abilities to outwit predators) certainly does. Born to mom Addie and dad M.J. in January—and named in honor of a veteran zoo employee who recently passed away—D.J. is a total ham who likes to make faces at the visitors, especially when they're snapping her photo. (You can check out some of the particularly animated pics on the zoo's Facebook page, where a few fans have posted shots of D.J. gleefully sticking out her tongue.)
In March, lucky mom and dad Poquita and Frederico welcomed a pair of penguins, and another couple had a third within four days. Though all three remain nameless, it's not because of neglect: These birds need to undergo a blood test to determine their gender, and since it's zoo tradition to give the Chilean and Peruvian natives Latino names, the boy-girl facts are a must (think: Julio and Yolanda, not Fluffy and Baby).
NATURAL SCIENCE CENTER OF GREENSBORO
$8, ages 65 and older $7, ages 3–13 $7, ages 2 and under free, 4301 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, 336/288-3769, natsci.org
Chiquita, Bonita, and Vinny, the Triplet Maned Wolves
On February 6, Lana and Nazca welcomed a trio of pups. Zookeepers deliberately kept their distance for the first few weeks because they didn't want to make the new parents nervous and put the pups' safety at risk. Once the kids were allowed to blossom a little, their personalities began to emerge: Chiquita is sassy, Bonita is mellow, and Vinny (a big eater) is so far inscrutable. But all three enjoy running and hiding—especially from humans. You can track their progress through blog entries and video clips.
CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN
From $14, ages 62 plus and ages 2–12 $10, ages 1 and under free, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, 513/281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org