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News and Updates

The Animal Facts news section brings you the latest updates on animals both in human care and in the wild.

First koala joey for the season at Taronga Zoo 

July 2, 2014

Taronga Zoo has welcomed their first koala joey for the season. Little ‘Bai’yali’ has emerged ready to say ‘Budyari yaguna’ to people with NAIDOC week set to begin next week. ‘Bai’yali’ was named for the stringybark tree a favourite food of the koalas. She was named in the ‘D’harawal’ aboriginal language in honour of NAIDOC […]

Endangered rhea chicks hatch at Edinburgh Zoo 

June 28, 2014

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo are looking after a group of nine rhea chicks. The zoo had hoped to breed just one chick this year so nine hatchlings was a massive surprise. With the species becoming increasingly threatened they are very excited. The chicks parents were both born in France throughout 2011. They moved to Edinburgh […]

June 28, 2014

A giraffe calf has been born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Even though she is only 7 days old she has already reached 6 feet in size and tips the scales at 123 pounds. To enter the world she dropped 6 feet to the ground. The baby was born last Sunday to dad, Travis and […]

13 is a lucky number for Taronga’s glider program 

June 27, 2014

Taronga Zoo has welcomed the 13th Yellow bellied glider born into their breeding program. The baby is another step forward for the only successful glider breeding program in the world. Only recently have keepers been able to get a close up look at the baby when he had his first vet check. During this he […]

A first rattle for endangered snakes 

June 25, 2014

13 Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes have slithered into life at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This species of snake is endangered in Illinois. They are the first of their kind ever hatched at the Lincoln Park Zoo. On June 20 the little snakes hatched out of their eggs. Curator of Lincoln Park Zoo, Diane Mulkerin said, ‘The […]

Another chance at parenting for Adelaide Zoo orangutan 

June 25, 2014

Adelaide Zoo’s orangutan Karta is set to have a baby this November. The orangutan has lost 5 babies in the past so zookeepers are hoping for greater success this time. Orginally keepers believed that she was an inexperienced or a bad mother. In 2011 though keepers discovered it was her anatomy which caused these deaths. […]

Four flamingos first flap at San Diego Zoo 

June 19, 2014

A quartet of flamingo chicks is greeting visitors at the San Diego Zoo. They have recently begun to explore the island which they call home. Currently the zoo has four Caribbean flamingo chicks which range from 1 to 8 days of age. For the first 5 to 7 days they stay with their parents on […]

White is the new black, bear at Calgary Zoo 

June 14, 2014

Calgary Zoo is revealing their new ‘white’ black bear to visitors. Even though she arrived at the zoo during the August of 2013 she has not been on exhibit yet. This was due to the bear’s natural hibernation over winter. The zoo also took time to allow her to become familiar with her habitat. Zoo […]

Baby boom at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute 

June 13, 2014

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is celebrating a baby boom. They have welcomed several new species during the past couple of weeks. Many of the new arrivals were endangered species. The zoo’s small mammal house is now home to a baby short-eared elephant shrew. Named for their noses which resemble an […]

Lions getting into the world cup spirit at London Zoo 

June 13, 2014

 London Zoo’s pride of three Asian lions has been engaging in the world cup action by playing with their own footballs. The footballs are decorated like the English flag to show the lions support for the English team. Ruby, five and three year old twins Indi and Heidi were given footballs filled with meaty treats. […]

Otter

Rescued river otter finds a new home at Oregon Zoo 

Gibbon

White handed gibbon at Cameron Park Zoo needs a name 

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