Baby animal season is here!
Spring 2018 kicked off with the birth of our cougar cubs, Emera and Kova on April 30th. The community joined us in naming the cubs through our Facebook page, where fans were able to submit suggestions and our staff voted on the final names— we think Emera (“leader”) and Kova (“tough boy”) are a great fit! The adorable little cubs can be seen during the Little Safari shows at 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm Monday – Saturday, and at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 5:30pm on Sundays.
Just a week later, two South American coatimundi babies were born to parents Jewel and Diego. Although they have not yet been named, these little critters have been stealing the spotlight during the Little Safari shows!
At the end of May, a male warthog was born to parents Dexter and Delilah. The baby warthog was affectionately named Jonny by our animal care staff. Jonny loves rolling in the big mud puddle his keepers make for him each day.
Mid-June, we welcomed a tiny baby squirrel monkey. We can’t help but melt when we walk by and see her riding around on her mom’s back! The baby squirrel monkey and baby warthog can be seen in their exhibits during regular business hours.
You don’t want to miss the lemurs! Our bubbly babies, Tilly, Jilly, and Zilly are a mixed troop of both brown and ring-tailed lemurs. Come out for the Leapin’ Lemur show to meet these adorable little ladies.
We’ve also got baby fennec foxes! Joe and Janet are still a bit too young to be out and about during the day; however you can expect to see them during the Little Safari shows mid-July. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for their official debut. In the meantime, you can still see our adult fennec foxes Fergie and Freddy in their exhibit during regular business hours, or schedule a private encounter with Fern!
If cute, cuddly, furry babies aren’t really your thing, we’ve also got some baby reptiles! Guests will have a chance to meet a baby sulcata tortoise during the Sulcata Feeding at 12:30pm.
AWSFZ also hatched out several Narrow Bridge Musk Turtles (Claudius angustatus). The parents of these extremely rare turtles came to the zoo as part of a recent US Fish & Wildlife confiscation effort. We’re proud of the fact that in a short period of time, these animals feel at home enough to breed. To read more about the confiscation, check out our blog post written by one of the zookeepers.
Trust us, these babies grow up in the blink of an eye, so plan your visit now!