The 35 Cutest Zoo Babies of 2012

Trying to figure out what to do with the kids this weekend? We found 23 zoos around the country (some with free admission!) with adorable new additions, from Anala the Indian rhino in Miami to Kiazi the De Brazza's monkey in Denver.

Gentoo Penguin
A new Gentoo penguin—native to Antarctic islands and known for its supremely quick swimming abilities (up to 22 miles an hour!)—hatched on February 2 to parents Olive and Felix. Though the little creature (whose sex is still unknown) weighed just 2.5 ounces at birth, it grew to 9.4 ounces in just its first week-thanks to Mom and Dad feeding it the traditional Gentoo way: regurgitation. Still, visitors may not be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the chick, since it's spent most of its time tucked underneath its parents. It should be standing on its own any minute, and could have its adult feathers by as early as late April.

Kiazi the Potto  
This baby potto is a rare one indeed: Born on December 23, 2011, Kiazi brings the population of pottos in North American zoos to 16. The tiny primate (whose sex will remain unknown until it develops further) is part of a nocturnal primate species native to tropical Africa that uses opposable thumbs to grasp onto trees. But not everyone has welcomed the creature with open arms: Kiazi was rejected by its mother (not an uncommon occurrence in zoos), and so keepers have been hand-raising the baby on a diet of yogurt, fruits and vegetables, wax worms, and special primate biscuits. That's helped the baby gain nearly 4 ounces since being born weighing less than an ounce. The baby has been spending part of each day in a separate crate within its mother's exhibit, which should help the two become familiar with each other. 


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