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Take a look at the Zoo's newest arrivals!
The San Antonio Zoo is excited to announce the birth of three African Lion cubs born on Saturday, July 25, 2015. First time parents, "Tau" and "Sarabi", came to the Zoo in November 2013 from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.
"Sarabi" started showing signs of impending labor early Saturday, and the first cub was born a little after 8:00 p.m. The cubs will be spending the next few weeks inside a custom made den with mom to give them time to bond. Sarabi is already proving to be a wonderful mother, and we are cautiously optimistic for all three cubs. Guest viewing via a monitor outside the Lion House will soon be available.
African lions are found in most countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and they are the most social of the cat species. Their population in the wild has decreased 42 percent in the past 21 years.
The San Antonio Zoo, along with other Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions, participate in the Species Survival Plans and track the genetic make-up and breeding of animals. This process works to keep species thriving in captivity as the populations are often declining in the wild.
The Baby BOOM continues at YOUR San Antonio Zoo! We recently had several hatchlings and births across several species. The Reptile Department welcomed a clutch of Asian Horned Viper hatchlings. These snakes are considered to be rare and are listed as near threatened. This clutch is the first-ever to be bred in North America.
We also welcomed clutches of newborn Banded Rock Rattlesnakes and Tamaulipan Rock Rattlesnakes. Last week, we celebrated the birth of five baby African Hyrax. These small mammals are often mistaken for rodents, but they are actually more closely related to elephants.
Born December 19, the baby Addra gazelle is the newest member of the San Antonio Zoo family. You can see mom and baby in their exhibit. Addra gazelle is a critically endangered desert antelope found only in a few isolated areas of the Sahara desert in Africa. Your San Antonio Zoo is a proud member of the AZA Antelope Specialist Group.
The San Antonio Zoo welcomed a newborn Howler monkey on Tuesday, December 9. This is the third surviving offspring for parents, Inti and Sophie, who joined the San Antonio Zoo family in February 2012.
Even though male Howlers have black hair, the females have a yellow-brown or olive colored hair. Whether male or female, all Howlers are born with a golden coat, which changes as they mature. Though not endangered, black Howler monkeys are threatened by habitat destruction.
A female blue duiker calf was born on June 21st, 2014. She has been named 'Kibibi,' which means "little lady" in Swahili-- a name truly befitting her size: at birth she weighed less than a pound! Among the smallest of the antelopes, even adult blue duikers weigh no more than 9 to 13 lbs. They inhabit forested areas throughout eastern, central and southern Africa. In spite of their small size blue duiker calves are able to run within 20 minutes of birth, but typically members of this species will freeze at the slightest sense of danger. Though "Kibibi" is not yet on exhibit, you can see a male blue duiker (uncle to this infant) in Rift Valley.
Two warthog piglest were born at the Zoo on Saturday, June 14. This is the second birth to mom, "Sekini." She keeps close guard over the infants. Dad, "Nikki," whose presence in their habitat might prove disruptive to their rearing, lives in the exhibit next door. Warthogs are wild members of the pig family and are found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in sub-Saharan Africa. The species is relatively widespread, abundant, and despite being hunted as food, there are no major threats to their population. Adults weigh 100 to 300 pounds - males generally outweigh females. The young are born after a 172 day pregnancy, and an average litter size is three.
Caribbean flamingo eggs and chicks.
Tawny frogmouth chick.
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