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Photos: See the 35 Cutest Zoo Babies of 2012

Zoos around the U.S. have welcomed some adorable new faces to their families, and we can't get enough! Here are our favorites—and don’t forget to vote for the cutest zoo baby of 2012 in our poll.

  1. The two silvery langurs born at the Santa Ana Zoo are actually half siblings born three weeks apart (they share a father, sly-fox Oliver).

    (Courtesy Santa Ana Zoo)
  2. Cooper the red brocket deer at the Phoenix Zoo has some issues with his social skills: He is, just like the rest of his species, extremely shy.

    (Courtesy Phoenix Zoo)
  3. The Phoenix Zoo's Amelia the gerenuk is known for her joyous pronking—jumping high into the air by lifting all fours off the ground simultaneously.

    (Courtesy Phoenix Zoo)
  4. The stork delivered to a couple of its own when a pair of female chicks hatched at the Phoenix Zoo on February 8 and 11. 

    (Courtesy Phoenix Zoo)
  5. Maggie the giraffe was 80 pounds and 72 inches tall when she was born at the Oakland Zoo on January 12.

    (Courtesy Oakland Zoo)
  6. The zookeepers at the Denver Zoo named this baby De Brazza's monkey Kiazi, which means potato in Swahili.

    (Courtesy Denver Zoo)
  7. The Sulawesi Forest Turtle is considered critically endangered, and this baby born January 24 at the Denver Zoo was the first successful hatching in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums zoo.

    (Courtesy Denver Zoo)
  8. It may look like a harmless little wriggler now, but this cantil viper (one of eight babies born on February 12 at the Denver Zoo) will eventually eat enough pinky mice to grow into a sneaky, venomous two-foot-long snake that only a mother could love.

    (Courtesy Denver Zoo)
  9. Guam rails are considered extinct in the wild, and this chick (one of two born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.) brings the total world population of the flightless birds to 162.

    (Courtesy The National Zoo)
  10. Omana the kiwi is the sixth of its kind born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 

    (Courtesy The National Zoo)
  11. Mom Boo and dad Abner welcomed this hairy little pup on January 26 at Melborne, Florida's Brevard Zoo, and have yet to let go of their little one.

    (Courtesy Brevard Zoo)
  12. Cofi's name in Swahili means “born on Friday” (which she was) and her arrival at Tampa's Busch Gardens brings the park’s reticulated giraffe population to 19.

    (Courtesy Busch Gardens)
  13. What’s furry, striped, and about the height of an iPhone? An emu chick, of course. This is one of two chicks born at Tampa's Busch Gardens in February.

    (Courtesy Busch Gardens)
  14. Anala the Indian rhino, who was born at Zoo Miami, could reach a whopping 6,000 pounds when she is fully grown.

    (Courtesy Miami Zoo)
  15. This baby golden lion Tamarin weighed only around two ounces when it was born at Zoo Atlanta on February 25.

    (Courtesy Zoo Atlanta)
  16. With a snout like a pig’s, ears like a donkey’s, and a tongue like an anteater’s, this strange little wrinkly aardvark calf has an interesting life of insect-devouring and daytime-burrowing ahead of it at Illinois' Brookfield Zoo.

    (Courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)
  17. The fuzzy new crested wood partridges at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo are growing quickly thanks to steady diet of insects gathered by Mom and Dad.

    (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)
  18. Mom Naya and dad Mattie became proud parents to four male and three females—the first dingoes to be born at the Fort Wayne Zoo since 1988.

    (Courtesy Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo)
  19. Dingo litters usually only include babies that all have the same coloration, but this group at the Fort Wayne Zoo included three ginger-colored pups, two cream-colored pups, and two black-and-tan pups.

    (Courtesy Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo)
  20. Klipspringers, like this one born at Indiana's Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, can easily navigate rocky terrain—and are appropriately named with the Afrikaan word for “rock jumper.”

    (Courtesy Mesker Park Zoo)
  21. When fully grown, this klipspringer will likely weigh around 40 pounds and stand about 22 inches tall.

    (Courtesy Mesker Park Zoo)
  22. The parents of this Black Goeldi’s monkey, born at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas, were set up through an "online dating service" arranged by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    (Courtesy Lee Richardson Zoo)
  23. This female bactrain camel was born at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas weighing 121 pounds and standing five feet tall. She has been described by her keeper as "strong and feisty."

    (Courtesy Lee Richardson Zoo)
  24. Born to parents Conan and Samantha Teapot (aka “The Teapots”), this African penguin chick is one of 55 of its kind at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

    (Courtesy Baltimore Zoo)
  25. Tundra the mountain bongo was born at the St. Louis Zoo as part of a breeding program for the antelope subspecies.

    (Courtesy St. Louis Zoo)
  26. Adding to the collection of bantengs named after carmakers, Studebaker arrived to mom Bentley and dad Knox on January 9 at the St. Louis Zoo.

    (Courtesy St. Louis Zoo)
  27. There has been a penguin baby boom at Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo—six Humboldt's penguin chicks hatched between January and April of 2012.

    (Courtesy Rosamond Gifford Zoo)
  28. Ty was born on January 17 at Syracuse's Rosamand Gifford Zoo and is a patas monkey, known as the fastest primates, reaching speeds upwards of 30 mph.

    (Courtesy Rosamond Gifford Zoo)
  29. Ebi the chimp has been enjoying lots of mother-daughter bonding time with mom Tammy since she was born January 16 at the North Carolina Zoo.

    (Courtesy North Carolina Zoo)
  30. This is one of four hedgehogs born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on February 4. The animals are born hairless and blind, but their prickly coat comes in about 36 hours after birth.

    (Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo)
  31. This baby boy is the first gorilla born at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium since 2001.

    (Courtesy Pittsburgh Zoo)
  32. This baby squirrel monkey, born February 18 at the Virginia Zoo, is one of the shy, skittish creatures native to Central American rainforests that have, proportionately, the largest brain of all primates.

    (Courtesy Virginia Zoo)
  33. Decidedly less warm and fuzzy, this slithery rio cauca caecilian was the first of its kind born at the Virginia Zoo.

    (Courtesy Virginia Zoo)
  34. This clouded leopard cub weighed just half a pound when he was born at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington.

    (Courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)
  35. The brother and sister clouded leopards were born at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo, one of only three zoos in the country that breed the Southeast Asian cats.

    (Courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)
  36. Alpacas are native to snowy, mountainous regions of South America—which makes them perfectly suited to deal with the wintery weather at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin.

    (Courtesy Henry Vilas Zoo)
  37. A new Gentoo penguin—native to Antarctic islands and known for its supremely quick swimming abilities (up to 22 miles an hour!)—hatched at the Milwaukee Zoo on February 2 to parents Olive and Felix.

    (Courtesy Milwaukee Zoo)
  38. Kiazi the potto was born at the Milwaukee Zoo and is part of a nocturnal primate species native to tropical Africa that uses opposable thumbs to grasp onto trees.

    (Courtesy Milwaukee Zoo)

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