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Zoo Babies 2010

Meet adventurous monkey Inigo, lion cub triplets, 288-pound elephant calf Luna, and more newcomers at zoos across the country.

By Beth Collins, Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010, 12:19 PM

Kanani the DeBrazza's Monkey Little Kanani is always on the move, wriggling away from her mother, Marinda, to swing from branch to branch (Dave Parsons/courtesy Denver Zoo)

BRONX ZOO
Bronx River Pkwy., at Fordham Rd., Bronx, N.Y., 718/220-5100, bronxzoo.org, $15, ages 312 $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 312 $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.

DENVER ZOO
City Park, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-4800, denverzoo.org, from $9, ages 311 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.

Dall Lambs and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Lambs See a photo of the Dall Lambs | See a photo of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Lambs
The frisky males on Sheep Mountain have sure been getting around lately. A Dall sheep lamb named Ridge fathered two babies—each with a different mother—and a male Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep named Cliff is the proud dad of three offspring (with three different moms). All five lambs, born in April and May, have spent the past few weeks climbing on the rocks, just as lambs born in the wild would.

Lakota the Zebra See a photo
There are less than 2,000 Grevy's zebras left in the wild, so the Denver Zoo was thrilled when baby Lakota was born this past November to mom Topaz. When he's frolicking about, you'll notice his long legs, close-together stripes, and white belly—all characteristics that distinguish the Grevy's zebra from the other two species, the common zebra and the mountain zebra.

Maned Wolf Pups See a photo
Christmas came a day early for the Denver Zoo in 2009, when three rare maned wolf pups were born to mom Itati and dad Tega. Although mothers of this species don't always care for their babies, Itati has been nothing but nurturing to Cayenne (female), Santiago, and Diego (both males). The pups were a little bigger than a German shepherd puppy at birth and will grow to be about three feet tall at the shoulder.

DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
3111 World Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 407/939-6244, disneyworld.disney.go.com, one-day one-park pass $79, ages 39 $68, 2 and under free.

Luna the Elephant See a photo
Talk about baby weight! During the 22 months she was pregnant with Luna, mom Donna put on more than 400 pounds. It was all worth it, though, when the healthy, 288-pound calf was born on May 20. Thanks to a little assistance from the animal care team, Luna began nursing very early and now can drink up to 12 liters of milk each day. She joins a herd of 12 other elephants, five of whom were also born at the Animal Kingdom.

White Rhino See a photo
Kendi, the first white rhino ever born at Disney, just became a mom herself with the arrival of this 178-pound not-so-little girl. Mom and baby were kept separate from the rest of the herd for the first few months, but have since joined the others, all of whom are giving a warm welcome to the youngster.

HOUSTON ZOO
6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, Tex., 713/533-6500, houstonzoo.org, $11, ages 211 $7, 65 and older $6, 1 and under free.

Baylor the Elephant See a photo
It looks like this pachyderm isn't going to have any trouble packing on the pounds. He weighed 348 pounds at birth, ate his first meal a few hours later, and nursed more than 10 times in the next 90 minutes! He loves hanging out with his mom, Shanti, and his "aunt" Methai, the matriarch of the herd, but his favorite playmate is big brother Tucker. Baylor won't be the youngest for long—Tess, another elephant in the herd, is due to give birth this fall.

LINCOLN PARK ZOO
2201 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312/742-2000, lpzoo.org, free.

Baby Storks See a photo
Storks may be famous for delivering babies, but ironically, those at the Lincoln Park Zoo have struggled to deliver their own offspring—until now. In May, a pair of European white storks welcomed three chicks, the first recorded of their species to be born at the zoo in its 142-year history. The chicks didn't do much more than eat for the first few weeks, but luckily for visitors, the nest is perfectly visible, making it easy to admire the newbies.

MYSTIC AQUARIUM & INSTITUTE FOR EXPLORATION
55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, Conn., 860/572-5955, mysticaquarium.org, $28, ages 317 $20, 60 and older $25, 2 and under free.

Blue-Purple and Blue-Black the African Penguins See a photo | See a video
Hatched just one day apart—Blue-Purple on January 27 and Blue-Black on the 28th—these two little penguins were fast friends. Blue-Purple has proven to be the braver of the two: When they were learning to swim, Blue-Purple would dive into the kiddie pool without hesitation, while Blue-Black would hang back timidly.

SAN DIEGO ZOO
Balboa Park, 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, 619/231-1515, sandiegozoo.org, $37, ages 311 $27, 2 and under free.

Tuya the Camel See a photo
This Bactrian camel's arrival on March 8 was bittersweet. Although Tuya's mother was healthy throughout the pregnancy, she suffered complications while giving birth and passed away later that day. Caregivers at the zoo stepped in immediately, bottle-feeding Tuya and taking her on walks, just as her mother would.

THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL ZOO
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202/633-4800, nationalzoo.si.edu, free.

Bernardo and Chaska the Andean Bears See a photo | Watch a video
To tell this brother-and-sister duo apart, take their zookeeper's advice: Bernardo's eyebrows are like Andy Rooney's, while Chaska's are more like Marlene Dietrich's. When it comes to their personalities, Chaska is the fearless one, always climbing on top of the dens, while Bernardo is a bit more shy. He does crave attention, though—if he knows the zookeepers are nearby, he'll linger by the den door as long as they continue to pay attention to him.

Clouded Leopards See a photo | Watch a video
The zoo's conservation efforts with this vulnerable species are paying off. Jao Chu and her mate, Hannibal, both 3.5 years old, had two litters in 2009, and on Valentine's Day 2010 they welcomed two more babies, weighing in at a half pound each.

ZOO ATLANTA
Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, 404/624-9453, zooatlanta.org, $20, ages 311 $15, 55 and older $16, 2 and under free.

Baby Gorilla See a photo
Mom Kuchi got lots of recognition in 2005 when she became the first-ever Western lowland gorilla in captivity to independently give birth to twins. Now Kali and Kazi are adjusting to a baby brother born on May 22—so recently that he's still waiting on a name. Baby has been sticking close to Mom, but soon enough he'll want to tag along with the big kids.

Inigo the Golden Lion Tamarin See a photo
This little monkey is big on adventure. Mom Robin and dad Theo have a hard time keeping up as he leaps from branch to branch! Born in March, Inigo was a twin, but his sibling died just a few days after birth—a sad but not unusual fate for the first-time mothers of this species.

Warthog Piglets See a photo
These two piglets might not win any beauty contests, but their parents love them just as they are. The twins enjoy sparring with each other, exploring their habitat, and just lazing around in the mud with mom Shirley and dad Vern.

LITTLE RASCALS