Unbearable Cuteness at a Zoo Near You
If you've got a soft spot for baby animals, here comes a burst of cute overload. We've rounded up the newest adorable additions that you can visit in spring 2015 at zoos and wildlife centers around the United States.
Baby Giraffe at Fort Worth Zoo
Meet Dilly, a baby giraffe born at the Forth Worth Zoo in mid-January 2015. She lives with her grandmother, her mother and her aunt, so the zoo now has three generations of the same family.
You can currently visit Dilly at the zoo's giraffe yard.
Lion Cubs at Henry Doorly Zoo
Meet lion cub brothers, Kayode and Shango, who were born with their sister, Kimani, in November 2014 at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. The playful cubs share an exhibit area with Ahadi and Mfisha, their mother and aunt, at the zoo's cat complex.
Colobus Monkey at the St. Louis Zoo
Say hello to Simon, a colobus monkey born at the St. Louis Zoo in late December 2014. Black-and-white colobus monkeys are native to central Africa and are on the World Conservation Union's list of threatened species, which means there is a high risk of extinction in the wild.
You can visit Simon and his family, including his 2-year-old sister, at the zoo's primate house.
Pygmy Hippo at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Born last fall at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Zuri the baby pygmy hippo is a hundred pounds of pure personality. She is the third successful pygmy hippo birth at the renowned Florida zoo. Native to Nigeria, the diminutive pygmy hippo is endangered. When full grown, Zuri will be only three feet tall at the shoulder.
Sable Antelope Calves at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Hongera! That’s how you say "Congratulations" in Swahili.
Disney World recently welcomed five-count-em-five new sable antelope calves to Disney's Animal Kingdom, nearly doubling the size of the herd. Three males and two females were born between December 2014 and January 2015.
You can welcome the new sables in early April 2015 when the whole herd will make their public debut on the spacious Kilimanjaro Safaris savannah.
Baby Okapi at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomed a new baby okapi named Amaranta in mid-January 2015. Native to central Africa, okapis are an elusive species and were discovered for the first time in the 20th century.
You can visit Amaranta in the morning on weekends and Wednesdays.
Baby Gazelle at the El Paso Zoo
The El Paso Zoo welcomed three new baby Thomson's gazelles in late January 2015. The Thomson's gazelle is one of the most common types of gazelle in East Africa.
Baby Hedgehogs at the Denver Zoo
A new litter of five prickly hedgehogs was born at the Denver Zoo in early February 2015. Once they have finished bonding with their mother, they will be a part of the zoo's outreach programs.
White Rhino at Disney's Animal Kingdom
A white rhino born at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2005 became a first-time mother herself in February 2015 when she gave birth to the healthy baby boy. The newborn’s grandmother was also born at the park, making this new calf the third generation of white rhinos born in the Animal Kingdom theme park.
Both mom and baby will join Grandma and the rest of the herd on the savannahs of Kilimanjaro Safaris this spring.
Lion Cub Sisters at the Cincinnati Zoo
Uma, Kya, and Willa, a trio of African lion cub sisters, were born to their mother, Imani, at the Cincinnati Zoo in November 2014. They are the first lions born at the zoo since 2001.
Visitors will be able view the cubs for the first time this spring.
Baby Gorilla at the Jacksonville Zoo
In early February, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced the arrival of a brand new, bouncing baby gorilla born to residents Bulera and Lash. The newborn is already on view with its mom.
Baby Okapi at the Houston Zoo
This sweetheart's name is Miráq. He was born in November and is the first baby okapi born at the Houston Zoo. He was 40 pounds at birth and will be fully grown when he is 3 or 4 years old.
Baby Giraffe at the Buffalo Zoo
The Buffalo Zoo welcomed a new female giraffe named Zuri on February 21, 2015. Zuri's parents are 20-year-old Agnes and three-year-old Moke. Her name is the Swahili translation for beautiful or lovely.
Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States.
Koala Joey at the Riverbanks Zoo
At Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, a koala joey born last spring that spent more than seven months in his mother Lottie's pouch has finally came out to play. When the koala was born, he was about the size of a jelly bean. Expect the little guy to stay close to his mom throughout the spring.
Baby Gorilla at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo
It's a girl! A new baby western lowland gorilla was born to mother Bahati at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo on February 24, 2015. You can view mother and child, along with the other gorillas in their group, at the zoo's Regenstein Center for African Apes.
Baby Gorilla at Como Zoo
It must be a baby boom. St. Paul's Como Zoo also welcomed yet another brand new baby girl gorilla, named Arlene, on February 22, 2015. Here the little bundle is sleeping with her mother, Dara.
Baby Siamang at the Greenville Zoo
The Greenville Zoo is celebrating the first birth of a siamang in 21 years. The siamang is the largest of the gibbons—a tailless, black-furred, tree-dwelling ape native to the forests of Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra. Stop by to visit the new baby and doting parents, Ella and Oscar.
Baby Masai Giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo
The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed an adorable new baby Masai giraffe with the birth of Asha, born on March 14, 2015. She was a big calf at 6-foot-4-inches tall and 182 pounds at birth.
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