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Check out this album of baby animal photos featuring little additions to our Zoo family. Warning: cuteness may be overwhelming.
It’s always exciting when a brand-new bundle of joy arrives at the Toledo Zoo. Say hello to these Zoo Babies—and check back for more new arrivals! Click Here to share photos of your own new bundle of joy and find out about some great Fisher-Price products.
A white-cheeked gibbon was born on November 27, 2012 to father Batu and mother Hue (pronounced way). The baby’s gender has not been determined.
White-cheeked gibbons are born light-colored, but they darken as they mature. Males remain dark; females, when they reach maturity, change back to a cream or buff color.
See the baby gibbon at Primate Forest. Photo: Kandace York
Twin polar bear cubs were born to father Marty and mother Crystal on November 21, 2012.
Crystal and the cubs will be off exhibit until May, 2013. But you may see the “proud papa,” Marty, in the Arctic Encounter before then. Photo: Dr. Randi Meyerson
Hasani and Kapuki
Twin African spotted-necked otters—one male and one female—were born on October 11, 2012 to father Khalil and mother Ajabu. The male pup is Hasani (which means handsome); the female is Kapuki (which means first-born daughter).
This was Ajabu’s first litter, and she’s shown excellent maternal behavior toward her pups.
See the new arrivals in Tembo Trail in spring, 2013. Photo: MaryBeth McConnell
Kim ly is a female Francois’ langur born on August 10, 2012 to father Dong Puong and mother Ashes. Kim ly is the fifth baby they have had while at the Toledo Zoo!
Francois’ langurs are born with orange coats, but when they mature they develop a long, black silky coat.
See Kim ly at Primate Forest. Photo: Ed Kellogg II
Three baby lemurs were born on April 7 – 8, 2012, to Fanta and Fresca (the mothers) and Oliver (the father). When they were born, they weighed less than 3 ounces!
Fanta and Fresca, the two mothers, are sisters, and their babies were born just one day apart. Fanta had a baby on April 7, and Fresca had twins on April 8.
See Fanta, Fresca and Oliver, plus the three babies, in Primate Forest. Photo: Kandace York
Viktor and Talya
Viktor and Talya, the two critically endangered Amur tiger cubs, were born at the Zoo on September 26, 2011, to first-time mother Marta. They are the second generation of cubs born at the Zoo; Marta was born at the Zoo in 2003. Their father, Strannik, arrived at the Zoo on loan earlier in 2011. He is on exhibit separate from Marta and the cubs.
The cubs’ names come from the Russian language, recognizing the Amur tiger’s primary habitat in eastern Russia. Viktor’s name means “conqueror” and Talya’s name means “birthday.” Photo: Kandace York
Tuli (Swahili for “calm or quiet one”) was born at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011. She weighed about 160 pounds and stood about six feet tall! Tuli was born without assistance and was very healthy. Her mother, Charlotte, is already on exhibit at the Zoo, along with another female giraffe, Michelle.
In warm weather, Tuli and her mother Elvira are on exhibit in the multispecies Africa! exhibit, along with another female giraffe, Michelle. You may be able to see them in the indoor giraffe viewing at the end of the Africa! Overlook. Photo: Andi Norman
Lucas was born at 11:28 pm on Friday, June 3, 2011. His estimated weight was approximately 300 pounds! Lucas was born without assistance and was very healthy. His mother, Renee, is also the mother of Lucas’ older brother Louie.
Lucas bonded well with his mother, nursed independently and showed plenty of youthful curiosity as he explored his environment. He stood within minutes of birth, and Renee showed excellent material behavior. Photo: R. Andrew Odum